What Causes Gastroschisis In Cattle?

For those who don't know what Gastroschisis is: it's a condition in which the innards are exposed outside the body. I'm not sure if the condition is called Gastroschisis when it happens in cattle, but it's the same thing.

Now, what I want to know is, what causes this?

Is it genetic? Is it caused by a parasite? Is it caused by management?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In humans it's either gastroschisis or omphalocele (omphalocele if the contents are enclosed in a membrane). I've also seen the term gastroschisis used in reference to the defect in the animal population.

    The cause in humans is not definitively known though; research/speculation varies. It is suspected there is a complex set of factors leading to the anomaly.

    One of the factors researchers cites (for humans) is exposure to the agricultural chemical, Atrazine which is often used in corn fields.

    Source(s): Internet reading as I follow gastroschisis research.
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