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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Alcohol: The avoidable agent best known for producing a variety of birth defects is alcohol.The spectrum of defects varies considerably with the amount consume ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Cardiomegaly due to septal hypertrophy and small left colon syndrome are the examples.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Birth defects: Yes, especially the organophosphate pesticides can cause birth defects
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nasiruddin Mansury
16 years experience Neonatology
PossIble: Although the hormone levels are very low in ocpills, there is a potential for side effects. Like female baby can have virilization.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cristina Carballo
38 years experience Neonatology
Depends: A significant small chin that impedes breathing and normal suck/swallow mechanism is called micrognathia and is part of an array of birth disorders.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Metabolism: Diabetes is not a simple disease. It wrecks energy metabollism and has an effect on all our cells. During pregnancy this can affect the fetus since mo ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Here is a primer on the terms congenital refers to being present at birth. Anomalies, abnormalities, defects are often used interchangeably. Not all ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Accutane is one of several medications listed as category x or dangerous if used during pregnancy.It is known to cause birth defects in the developin ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Katzman
52 years experience Neonatology
Amyotonia Congenita: Slow detrioration of anterior motor neurons of the spinal cord may occur. Etiology of this condition is not well understood. The condition is progre ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Unlikely: There are 2 reports of a very slight association of birth defects in children conceived whilst mothers were using spermicides. However these were retr ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Some can, but not all. Taking Folic Acid supplements before conception can prevent spinal cord defects. Excellent sugar control for a diabetic, avoi ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: First genetics are responsible for only some birth defects. Second the genetic tests that are usually done in pregnancy are for chromosomal problems ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
36 years experience Holistic Medicine
Yes: Insufficient folate (folic acid) in the mother's diet has been linked to neural tube birth defects.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Megan Bird
18 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Some: Some problems, like cleft lip, can be see on ultrasound. Others like down's syndrome, can be detect with amniocentesis. No tests or set of tests can f ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: It is an infection that should be treated but it does not normally cause birth defects.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ocp SAFETY: 8% of women conceive on the pill. If there were birth defects we'd see them.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Diagnostic : Diagnostic ultrasound is not 100% sensitive at identifying all major forms of birth defects, but it can identify many physical signs of various forms ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
7 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Birth complications: Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious complications in pregnant women. It can lead to infection of the amniotic fluid, premature ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Herold
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: There is a very rare condition called amniotic band syndrome that occurs when the baby's body (usually limbs or digits) becomes trapped in fibrous ban ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott McLean
34 years experience Clinical Genetics
I'm not sure!: I am just not sure what the "integrated test" is. And this is not a criticism of you at all. The words in medicine and especially in genetics are craz ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fox
33 years experience Fertility Medicine
Likely not: An enormous number of pregnancies on birth control pills have now been logged over the past 50 years of use. The rate is very low and would depend on ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryan Kurtz
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Category C: It's pregnancy category C, which means in high doses in lab animals, there are issues with pregnancy, but in humans at normal doses, there has been no ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
TOXINS: Birth defects occur during the 1st trimester of pregnancy. You are safe after that. So be careful on exposure to toxins during that time.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If you are already: Pregnant , you should stop the oral contraceptive but it will not terminate an on-going pregnancy.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
Controversial: But the overall tide of opinion is that the answer is "no." there was laboratory evidence that lsd could cause damage to germ cells - sperm and eggs - ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Gapp
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: There are no long term effects on future reproduction from use of the morning after pill.
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A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Sometimes: Significant radiation to a fetus between 8 and 18 weeks causes brain damage and mental retardation. Pregnant women should delay radiation therapy whe ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Ask your doctor: The way you state it , i don't get it either. Ask your doctor. He/she is in the best position to fill you in.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Osman Farooq
19 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Possibly: It depends on multiple factors. There are different degrees of neural tube defects. Some people can have a mild defect and other may have a severe d ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Miguel Cano
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Isotretinoin: Accutane, amnesteem, claravil, & sotret are all category "x" drugs and cause fetal birth defects and/or loss. It needs to be stopped immediately and ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Terminology issue: Defects in the formation of the heart are sometimes labeled as "congenital heart disease" to distinguish them from the diseases of the adult heart. Th ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Fishburn
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Not related: Your laser hair removal ; eye operation should have nothing to do (neither positive nor negative) about your ability to conceive. Now if you have abun ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Roseff
38 years experience Fertility Medicine
Studies show...: Studies show a very small increase in birth defects in babies born to women going through ivf. It is unknown whether this is due to the ivf process, ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on defect: Some structural birth defects like a cleft lip or heart defect can be improved by a reconstructive repair. Others, like the metabolic problem created ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Only if untreated.: Chlamydia infection is of no risk to the fetus if treated properly (that includes your sexual partner). It has nothing to do with down syndrome. If le ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
Varies: A variety of chemicals or teratogens can alter the growth during pregnancy. Here is a website from the cdc with more clarification http://www.Cdc. ... Read More
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Dr. Miguel Cano
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Category X: Isotretinoin (accutane) is a significant human teratogen. It's marketed for cystic acne & despite methods to try to avoid pregnancies, it still happen ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Renee Harris
36 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: It is not a problem.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott McLean
34 years experience Clinical Genetics
Yes, but .....: Clinodactyly is a curve of one or more fingers, which is pretty common, especially for the pinkies, and no big deal at all. Technically it's a minor b ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roman Alvarez
40 years experience Neonatology
What is the risk?: I seriously doubt that this question can be correctly answered. Overseas, can be anywhere in the world beyond the east coast and the west coast. The r ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Megan Bird
18 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not all.: Some birth defects, like spine problems can be reduced by taking your prenatal vitamins. Others, like fetal alcohol syndrome can be completely preven ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
27 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Birth Defects: It is not possible to avoid birth defects altogether. However, many of the birth defects can be diagnosed prenatally - i.e. Early parts of pregnancy. ... Read More
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