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Does radiation poisoning cause birth defects?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: It depends on the amount of exposure and the timing in the pregnancy. Early on in the pregnancy, radiation poisoning will likely lead to a miscarriage. Later on in the pregnancy, radiation poisoning can lead to death or growth disturbances or congenital malformations.
Dr. Jaime Lopez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Yes: This depends on how early in pregnancy the exposurem occurs, and how much radiation the pregnancy is exposed to. The effect can be as severe as a complete miscarriage, if the exposure is early in pregnancy, or little to no effect if exposure occurs later.

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