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can ultrasounds detect birth defects

A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Mikhael
40 years experience Neonatology
Birth defects: long list, including heart, brain, limbs, kidneys and digestive system malformations. Also genetic conditions like trisomy 13, 18 or 21. Good discuss ... Read More

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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Sudler
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mermaid: Seen by me , personally, syringomelia, where the lower limbs are fused, there are no genitals or anus. The baby resembles a mermaid (man). Ultrasoun ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Unlikely: Birth defects in the baby won't cause vaginal bleeding, there are several causes for bleeding during the second trimester,the most important thing don ... Read More
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 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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Depending on why one would be lookng, a high resolution, high level ultrasound and a biopsy of tissue in the womb (chorionic villus sampling) along wi ... Read More
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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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: The small dose of radiation in x-rays do not cause birth defects. In fact, most diagnostic imaging studies do not expose the fetus to enough radiation ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
Ultrasound CHD?: It can detect congenital heart disease, all? Pls. Ask your ob.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Sure..: Unfortunately, the prenatal ultrasound detection rate for fetal cardiac defects is variable between 15-70% among centers, with the largest ones having ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
It has in some cases: Doxycycline is a type of tetracycline. It has been assigned to the pregnancy category d, indicating that animal studies have revealed this can injure ... Read More
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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 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
35 years experience Pediatrics
Cleft lip/palate: A recent British medical Journal did an extensive meta-analysis of all the major studies in benzodiazepines and found a slightly increased risk, about ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Sonogram of heart- called echocardiogram will, detect most cardiac anomalies associated with down's syndrome.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ask you MD: You need to ask your MD that question because they are best able to interpret any findings as well with the exam.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazen Abuawad
29 years experience Radiology
Yes: Yes.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Conrad Chao
40 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
12-24 weeks: Depending on the skill of the observer, many fetal abnormalities can be seen between 12 and 14 weeks. Optimal detection of anomalies requires an exam ... Read More
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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 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Www.thefetus.net.: Try the above website for many fetal anomalies, including cardiac lesions.
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
AFP: Alpha-fetoprotein is the time-tested way of screening for this. Ultrasonography may be helpful as well. Good luck.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Rubella/spina bifida: This is not a known risk factor. The exact cause of spina bifida is unknown. It is felt that the cause is multifactoral: genetic, nutritional, and en ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Levine
22 years experience Radiology
Unlikely: The rate of fetal abnormalities in patients who received xray or a single ct in pregnancy are comparable to the rates of the same abnormality in the p ... Read More

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