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A 53-year-old member asked:

Can antibiotics cause congenital heart defects in my unborn child?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Probably not: Each antibiotic should be considered individually.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Possilbly: It depends on the specific drug.
Dr. Carlen Fifer
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Likely no: There are a few medications that cause heart defects in the baby when a pregnant mother takes them. Most antibiotics have been studied and do not cause heart defects. However, it is always important to check with your OB before taking any medications when you are pregnant.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 16 years experience
Possibly: Each medicine has specific risks in terms of causing birth defects. Some types--nitrofurantoins (one of multiple examples) which are used for UTIs--have been shown to be associated with fetal heart defects. This does NOT mean there is a direct cause and effect relationship though. Please discuss any specific concerns with your doctor/obstetrician.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Are congenital heart defects caused by hot tubs?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
They can be,: Saunas can increase the maternal core temperature and lead to fetal anatomical defects, particularly open neural tube and cardiac.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

Are there any known causes of congenital heart defects?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Some causes: Heredity some families have more than one generation with defects. Congenital syndromes such as Down syndrome, Holt-Oram, Trisomies 13 and 18. Smoking and alcohol abuse during pregnancy have been associated with heart defects. In most instances cause of heart defect not known.

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