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What Sort Of Problem Is Anencephaly
Failure of closure: The fetus is busy around 20-30 days in when the nervous system starts forming along a line like a trench. The trench folds in on itself and begins to form a tube, sealing itself in the middle first and moving toward both ends like two zippers. When the top end fails to close, many brain structures don't form & we have anencephaly.At the bottom, we get spina bifida. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Adrenoleukodystrophy: Adrenoleukodystrophy is passed from parents to their children as an x-linked genetic trait. It affects males, although some women who are carriers can have mild disease. It affects 1 in 20, 000. The condition results in the buildup of very-long-chain fatty acids in nervous system, adrenal gland, and testes, which disturbs normal function. For more see: http://www.Umm.Edu/ency/article/001182.Htm. ...Read more
Dwarfism: Achondroplasia, is a birth defect resulting in dwarfism. Dwarfs, or little people have this birth defect. It results from a chromosome problem. Those born with this defect can have multiple problems including difficulty breathing, this can be serious and certain types can be fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Excess growth hormon: It is caused by a pituitary tumor that produces growth hormone. In children, it causes gigantism, but when it happens after growth has stopped, it causes acromegaly. There can be enlargement if the jaw and forehead. It can cause high blood pressure, joint pain, skin tags, excess sweating, a goiter. It increases the risk of certain cancers. It is generally treated with surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poor vision: Amblyopia occurs when one or both eyes are not given the opportunity to see well in infancy and youth. It can be caused by uncorrected need for glasses, an eye that is not straight (strabismus), or something blocking the vision (congenital cataract, drooping eyelid). If not caught and treated early (by age 4-6), the eye will have limited potential vision (usually 20/40 or worse). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A serious one.: Alcoholism is a disease that affects mind, body & spirit. One loses control of alcohol use, is preoccupied w alcohol & continues to drink alcohol in spite of problems related to it's use. One may drink more than intended & over time may need to drink larger amounts of alcohol to obtain the same effect. Attempts to cut down on use or to stop use may have been unsuccessful. Alcoholism creates > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Birth defect: Malformation occurs from abnormal development of the fetal anatomic structure. Congenital anomaly is a term used to refer to an abnormality present at birth. There are many conditions that place a baby at risk for having one, but often the cause is unknown. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cholesteatoma: Poor function in the eustachian tube leads to negative pressure in the middle ear. This pulls a part of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) into the middle ear, creating a pocket or cyst that fills with old skin cells and other waste material (cholesteatoma). The cyst may get bigger and break down some of the middle ear bones. More at: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002045/. ...Read more
Arteritis: This is inflammation of an arterial blood vessel. This is caused either by allergy to a drug where the body thinks the drug is foreign and needs to be removed. Other times the body just reacts against the blood vessels, causing blockage, usually accompanied by a rash, fever, damage to organs the blood vessel supplies ie kidney, lung skin, eye, brain, joint ...Read more
Brain malformation: Briana, a chiari malformation is a downward congenital (from birth) displacement of the lowermost part of the a part of the brain (the cerebellum) through the opening in the base of the skull. Several types with no symptoms to multiple symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, dizziness, loss of balance, numbness of limbs. May be associated with other structural changes in the spinal cord or brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Disease of arteries: Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory process which occurs in arteries. Advanced stages cause narrowing of the arteries involved. The narrowing can lead to complete blockage of blood flow or to what is termed "plaque rupture" (when pieces of the lining of diseased artery break free. Clot forms and floats downstream). In the heart this causes heart attacks, in the brain this causes strokes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scarring of the lung: Asbestos exposure can result in tiny asbestos fibers getting deposited in the lungs. This causes inflammation, and scarring. The lungs get stiff, harder to inflate and oxygen transfer from lung to blood is impaired. This is called asbestosis. It is often progressive.In addition the lining around the lungs can scar ( pleural plaques) and is a cause of cancer involving this lining (mesothelioma). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Allergic reaction: Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. Common symptoms are difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, a rash, skin redness, swelling, shortness of breath, coughing, and several others. It involves the entire body and needs to be treated right away as it can be life threatening. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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