Medical Definition of Exstrophy

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Exstrophy: Eversion of a hollow organ at birth.

An exstrophic bladder is one that is turned inside out like a rubber glove.

In exstrophy of the cloaca (a primitive embryonic structure) an area of the intestine is interposed between two separate areas of the bladder.

The word exstrophy is from the Greek ex, out, + strophe, a turning.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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