How do doctors diagnose an omphalocele?

Doctors can diagnose an omphalocele through an ultrasound at 12-20 weeks of pregnancy.

What can I expect after my baby is diagnosed with an omphalocele?

Soon after diagnosis

The nurse coordinator from the Fetal Care Program will call you to schedule all tests and consult appointments your baby needs. This will help make sure you and your baby receive the best care possible. The nurse coordinator will try to schedule your appointments and tests on the same day. The nurse coordinator will also make sure you have all the information you need about your baby.

At your first appointment

You will meet with many pediatric doctors. This includes a pediatric surgeon and a fetal cardiologist (heart doctor for babies). The surgeon will explain your baby’s surgery, care plan and hospital stay. The fetal cardiologist will check your baby’s heart with a fetal echocardiogram (an ultrasound that takes pictures of your baby’s heart).

Tests and imaging

You will have many ultrasounds during your last trimester. This can help you and your doctors figure out the safest time and way to deliver your baby.

When all tests are done, we will send the results to your maternal fetal medicine doctor (MFM) and OB-GYN. The results can help you and your doctors plan your delivery with an MGHfC specialist (doctor with training in a certain area).

Rev. 1/2018. This webpage is intended to provide health information so that you can be better informed. It is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to treatment of any medical conditions.