Reproductive Genetics

Abdominal Well

These birth defects are less common than neural tube defects , occuring in 1 out of 2,500 births. They are caused by an opening in the layer of muscle and skin near the belly button. Although these defects can be serious, they can often be corrected with surgery. Elevated levels of AFP may also indicate an increased risk for a fetus with an abdominal wall defect.

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