Babies born with organs outside of bodies increasing

Gastroschisis

 

Instances of gastroschisis — a birth defect causing intestines or other organs to protrude from the body — doubled in the United States between 1995 and 2012, according to a new CDC report.

The report in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that over 18 years, the prevalence of gastroschisis more than doubled in the United States, but more research is needed to understand what is causing the increase.

All categories of age and race or ethnicity have seen increases in incidences, but the largest increase in this birth defect – 263 percent from 1995 to 2012 – was among babies born to non-Hispanic black mothers age 20 or younger.

About 2,000 babies are born with gastroschisis each year.