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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Does radiation poisoning cause birth defects?

Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
24 years in practice
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Does radiation poisoning cause birth defects?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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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 ...Read more


Dr. Brian Struyk
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Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Does the duration of gestation period have anything to do with radiation related birth defects?

Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Does the duration of gestation period have anything to do with radiation related birth defects?

Don't think so: Not, if you are not exposed to radiation. ...Read more

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Dr. Michel Mikhael
Board Certified, Neonatology
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What causes a baby to have birth defects?

Dr. Michel Mikhael
Board Certified, Neonatology
36 years in practice
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What causes a baby to have birth defects?

Birth defect causes: 1- genetic; either inherited from parents or just random chance (new mutation) 2- Infection; toxo, herpes, varciella, syphilis, rubella, etc 3- environmental factors; like radiation 4 - Medications ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
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Can radiotherapy cause birth defects?

Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
28 years in practice
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Can radiotherapy cause birth defects?

Yes: There is a possibility that if the ova or sperm are exposed to radiation then genetic changes can occur. Patients are told to wait 6 months before getting pregnant. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
21 years in practice
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And why does xray cause birth defects?

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
21 years in practice
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And why does xray cause birth defects?

DNA damage.: Mutations are sometimes caused by ionizing radiation (x-rays, ct-scans) applied to the maternal abdomen/pelvis during sensitive gestational periods (particularly 4-12 weeks). The actual mechanism is damage to the dna by the radiation beam. ...Read more

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Dr. Cristina Carballo
Board Certified, Neonatology
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Can past hard drug abuse damage the ova in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

Dr. Cristina Carballo
Board Certified, Neonatology
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Can past hard drug abuse damage the ova in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

No: The ova is already formed before any environmental influences. However, after conception, current drug use can affect the baby, but not previous activity. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

They can.: Mutations are sometimes caused by ionizing radiation (x-rays, ct-scans) applied to the maternal abdomen/pelvis during early pregnancy (4-12 weeks, before most women realize they are pregnant!). The mechanism is damage to the embryonic dna by the radiation beam. As most pregnant women get x-rays to other parts of their body with lead apron over their abdomen, the practical risk is close to zero. ...Read more

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Board Certified, Pediatrics
49 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Nela Cordero
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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?

TOXINS: Birth defects occur during the 1st trimester of pregnancy. You are safe after that. So be careful on exposure to toxins during that time. ...Read more

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
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Which medication can cause birth defects?

Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Which medication can cause birth defects?

List is too long: That list is way too long. Unless a drug is listed by the fda as category a or b there is at least a theoretical risk. The risk is higher for a d drug and absolute danger if rated x. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Congenital abnormalities, commonly known as "birth defects," are structural conditions that are present from birth. Common abnormalities include limb or facial malformations, but may ...Read more


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