Other Related Birth Defects

The presence of an omphalocele may occur with other birth defects, including:

  • heart defects, such as the tetralogy of Fallot
  • imperforate anus, a malformation of the anorectal area of the gastrointestinal system
  • urinary problems
  • genetic disorders
  • Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, with enlarged tongue, gigantism, and enlarged internal organs
  • Pentalogy of Cantrell, with malformations in the chest and abdominal area, including heart defects. It is a rare congenital anomaly associated with midline defects involving the chest, sternum, heart, diaphragm, and abdominal wall. This may include ectopia cordis, diaphragmatic hernia, and omphalocele.


To check for other congenital defects, x rays are usually taken of the heart, lungs, and diaphragm once the infant’s condition has been stabilized after birth.

Here are some additional links to other related sites you may find useful.

Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome

Types of Congenital Heart Defects – Sick Kids Hospital 

Congenital Heart Defects

Trisomy 18, 13 and other Related

The Cardio Thoracic Surgery Network

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