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Infant abdominal hernia (gastroschisis)

Infant abdominal hernia (gastroschisis)

Overview

An abdominal hernia (gastroschisis) occurs when there is an area where the muscles are weak, and this allows the internal organs to bulge through the abdominal wall.

Review Date 9/9/2017

Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, general surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.