What is the outlook for a baby born with this condition?
Children with exstrophy grow up to be robust people. They have a normal life expectancy. They can often participate in normal activities without restrictions.
Are there other health problems linked to bladder exstrophy?
Yes. These may include:
- Vesicoureteral reflux
- Pubic bone separation or diastasis
- Small bladder capacity
- Missing bladder neck and sphincter
- Inguinal hernias
Patients often walk with a "waddle" gait, where the legs are pointed out. This gets better with age. Bowel function and control are normal.