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A 41-year-old member asked:

ever since the pediatrician diagnosed congenital anomalies in my son, i have been a nervous wreck. what does it mean?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: Ca is a basic statement that an abnormality or abnormalities are present at birth. You need to talk with your dr or seek out the services of a geneticist to define what you are facing. Some birth defects, like extra or lost fingers may have limited impact, while a series of unusual features may indicate a lifelong challanges. Some are unique, but 4% of births end in a surprise. You are not alone.
Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 36 years experience
It depends on which.: Congenital abnormalities are physical differences in the body that are present at birth;each body part has the potential to have an anomaly.Some are genetic, some are due to things that happen in the womb, & some happen for unknown reasons.These differences can vary from minor anomalies (like an extra finger or an ear tag) that don't affect function, to major defects that can be fatal. Talk to doc.

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