Gastroschisis: definition, screening, diagnosis, treatment

This leaflet sets out the abdominal wall defect gastroschisis, and the processes following a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of the condition.


Abdominal wall defects: gastroschisis

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This document explains the fetal anomaly condition gastroschisis. The NHS fetal anomaly screening programme (FASP) tests for this condition.

The publication sets out:

  • what the condition is
  • the condition’s prevalence
  • screening and diagnosis processes
  • treatment options
  • the prognosis for the baby
  • possibility of recurrence in future pregnancy
  • condition prevention possibilities
  • the referral pathway
Published 1 April 2012