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Complete Health Indicator Report of Gastroschisis

Definition

Number of children born with gastroschisis per 10,000 live births to women residing in New Jersey in a specified time interval.

Numerator

Number of children born with gastroschisis among live births to women residing in New Jersey in a specified time interval.

Denominator

Count of all live births to women residing in New Jersey in a specified time interval.

Why Is This Important?

Gastroschisis is a birth defect in which a portion of an infant's intestines protrude out of the body through a hole in the body wall beside the umbilical cord. The body wall defect may be small or large, and other organs, including the liver, can be involved. Gastroschisis occurs during pregnancy when the muscles of the wall of the baby's abdomen do not form correctly. Some scientists think that genetics or an environmental exposure during pregnancy can cause gastroschisis, but the exact cause is still unknown. Risk factors for gastroschisis include: young maternal age; race (white teenagers have higher rates than African-American teenagers); and possibly prepregnancy maternal diets that are are high in fat and cholesterol.

Available Services

Early Intervention System: The New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS), under the Division of Family Health Services, implements New Jersey's statewide system of services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families. The Department of Health (NJODH) is appointed by the Governor as the state lead agency for the Early Intervention System. [http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/eis] Since 2008, NJEIS has regionalized the system's point of entry for referral of children, birth to age three, with developmental delays and disabilities. Families and health care providers can call 1-888-653-4463 to refer a child to the NJEIS. NJDOH Family Health Services Case Management Units: Each of New Jersey's 21 counties has a Special Child Health Services (SCHS) Case Management Unit. SCHS Case Managers, with parental consent, work with the child's parents and physicians to evaluate an affected child's strengths and needs; and develop an individual service plan for the child and family. Medical, educational, developmental, social and financial needs of the child and family are targeted. NJ Department of Health, Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services, PO Box 364, Trenton, NJ 08625-0364, Phone: (609) 984-0755, website: [http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/sch/] Catastrophic Illness Relief Fund: The Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund is a financial assistance program for New Jersey families whose children have serious illnesses or conditions not covered by insurance, state or federal programs, or other funding sources. Contact the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund Program: 1-800-335-FUND (3863)

Data Tables


Prevalence of Gastroschisis in Children Born to NJ Resident Mothers, Statewide Rates, 2000-2019

YearRate per 10,000 Live BirthsNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 20
20002.0824115,542
20012.4228115,769
20022.3627114,641
20031.5418116,823
20042.1825114,443
20051.7620113,651
20061.6619114,665
20072.529115,920
20082.9433112,428
20092.4627109,543
20101.7819106,571
20112.1823105,474
20121.5416103,778
20132.7428102,326
20141.1712102,813
20152.1622102,021
20161.6617102,472
20171.9820101,073
20181.6817101,149
20191.311399,305

Data Sources

  • Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Early Identification and Monitoring Program, [https://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/sch/ Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services], Division of Family Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health


Prevalence of Gastroschisis in Children Born to NJ Resident Mothers, by County, 2010-2019

CountyRate per 10,000 Live BirthsNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 22
Atlantic3.941230,460
Bergen0.76792,369
Burlington**< 5 cases44,374
Camden2.241462,369
Cape May5.7958,642
Cumberland3.01619,930
Essex3.3034103,067
Gloucester**< 5 cases29,727
Hudson0.889101,955
Hunterdon**< 5 cases9,360
Mercer**< 5 cases41,385
Middlesex2.652594,473
Monmouth1.691059,166
Morris1.93946,530
Ocean0.83784,041
Passaic0.88668,433
Salem**< 5 cases6,850
Somerset**< 5 cases33,263
Sussex**< 5 cases12,311
Union2.651867,930
Warren**< 5 cases9,496
New Jersey1.801851,026,131

Data Notes

**Counts and rates are suppressed when counts are below 5 due to instability of rates. Observed differences in the annual frequency of a specific birth defect may be due to random variability.

References and Community Resources

Statewide and county profiles of the most prevalent birth defects can be found at, [http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/bdr/datum/] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, [http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/index.html] March of Dimes Foundation, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY, 10605, askus@marchofdimes.com, [http://www.marchofdimes.com], Tel: 914-428-7100, 888-MODIMES (663-4637), Fax: 914-428-8203 National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), P.O. Box 1968, 55 Kenosia Avenue, Danbury, CT 06813-1968, orphan@rarediseases.org, [http://www.rarediseases.org], Tel: 203-744-0100, Voice Mail 800-999-NORD (6673), Fax: 203-798-2291

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