Increasing Rates of Abdominal Wall Birth Defect (Gastroschisis)

From NY Times summary of recent study, “Rate of Birth Defect of Abdominal Wall Increasing, CDC Says“:

The prevalence of gastroschisis has increased by about 30 percent, to 4.9 births out of 10,000 during the period from 2006 to 2012, from 3.6 per 10,000 live births from 1995 to 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

My take: This epidemiology is definitely concerning.  Though most children with gastroschisis do well over time, some have serious problems and many require prolonged hospitalizations after birth.

 

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