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Birth Defects (Definition)
Birth defects is a term for structural or functional abnormalities that a baby is be born with. These defects can be the result of genetic mutations or external insults to the developing fetus, such as maternal alcohol consumption.
Metabolism: Diabetes is not a simple disease. It wrecks energy metabollism and has an effect on all our cells. During pregnancy this can affect the fetus since mom feeds baby and the excess sugar has its effect in both mom and baby. That is why good control is essential. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Amyotonia Congenita: Slow detrioration of anterior motor neurons of the spinal cord may occur. Etiology of this condition is not well understood. The condition is progressive with eventual respiratory muscle compromise. ...Read more
Does a diagnostic ultrasound look for all birth defects? Over 40 and having my first kiddo. Will a diagnostic ultrasound at 22 weeks show all major forms of birth defect, or are there some that can only be detected by amnio or some other test?
Yes and yes: As you get older, have more risk factors, or if something looks odd on the first ultrasound, a higher level ultrasound can be done to look for more advanced and subtle issues. Some genetic conditions, though, can only be found by sampling genetic material. An ultrasound at 22 weeks may not show a significant amount of smaller congenital defects but if something looks amiss, they may do one later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm not sure!: I am just not sure what the "integrated test" is. And this is not a criticism of you at all. The words in medicine and especially in genetics are crazy hard to understand properly. And sometimes their meanings change! i would be very pleased if you could find out a bit more about this test, including the lab that performs it, and ask once more. Btw, no test or procedure finds all birth defects. ...Read more
What to do if I do not know much about this toxin but I do kno it causes birth defect. so what happens if ist introduced to the environment?
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