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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Overview)

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


Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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I am a basket case. My son has congenital abnormalities. Can you tell me something about it?

Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
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I am a basket case. My son has congenital abnormalities. Can you tell me something about 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. ...Read more

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Congenital Abnormalities (Overview)

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


Dr. Wlodzimierz Wisniewski
Board Certified, Neonatology
25 years in practice
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I'm concerned. What symptoms go with congenital abnormalities?

Dr. Wlodzimierz Wisniewski
Board Certified, Neonatology
25 years in practice
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I'm concerned. What symptoms go with congenital abnormalities?

It Depends: Congenital abnormality is a very broad and non-specific term. Symptoms will depend on which organs (body parts) are affected. Typically functions of those organs may be affected, sometimes though you may have congenital abnormalities which will be without any symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Board Certified, Pediatrics
36 years in practice
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My sister was diagnosed with congenital abnormalities. What does this mean?

Dr. Barry Bergman
Board Certified, Pediatrics
36 years in practice
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My sister was diagnosed with congenital abnormalities. What does this mean?

Congenital abnormali: Congenital means you were born with the abnormailty. It was not aquired as an illness it was there all the time (since birth). ...Read more

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What's it mean to have congenital abnormalities?

Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What's it mean to have congenital abnormalities?

Please see below.: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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What's a natural way to treat congenital malformation?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
47 years in practice
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What's a natural way to treat congenital malformation?

Prevention: There are no "natural" remedies to correct a congenital malformation - which is a deformity ro maldevelopment of a part of the body. If there are symptoms, there are some natural ways to relieve them, but correct of a malformation usually requires surgery or artificial substitution. ...Read more

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Dr. Subramaniam Arumugam
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Any recommendation for pediatric plastic surgeons that specialize in treating congenital outer ear abnormalities? In los angeles, southern cal areas?

Dr. Subramaniam Arumugam
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Call A S P S: Please call american society of plastic surgeons (a s p s). They will refer you to one in your area. ...Read more

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
42 years in practice
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Please help us. Our daughter has congenital abnormalities. What can we do to learn more about it?

Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
42 years in practice
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A geneticist: Seeing a pedicatrician specializing in genetics would be able to help you and answer your questions. ...Read more

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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Is it genes or lifestyle or both that make it likely to get congenital abnormalities?

Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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Is it genes or lifestyle or both that make it likely to get congenital abnormalities?

Congenital anomalies: Your background human risk of having a baby with a congenital anomaly is 2 - 3 %. Breaking down the causes of congenital anomalies finds that 90% have some genetic component. Only 10% are caused by things happening during the pregnancy, such as illnesses, infections, exposure to radiation, drugs, and chemicals. So the genetic component is far more associated with anomalies than any lifestyle issue. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
21 years in practice
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Are congenital abnormalities genetic?

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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Are  congenital abnormalities genetic?

Sometimes.: Although it's true that most congenital anomalies (duodenal atresia, ventricular septal defect) have some (currently known or unknown) genetic underpinning, some clearly do not (amniotic band deformation sequence, hydranencephaly, gastroschisis, porencephaly) and some are due to teratogenic exposures unrelated to genetic information (valproic acid, paroxetine, coumadin, enalapril, alcohol). ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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I am a basket case. My son has congenital abnormalities. Can you tell me something about it?

Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
2M people helped

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Congenital Malformation (Definition)

Congenital malformation is also known as Congenital abnormalities. A congenital malformation is a condition in which a person has a abnormal body part from the day he was born. The malformation is a birth defect, but sometimes it is not discovered until many years later, especially if it is inside the body, such as a kidney malformation. Many congenital malformations cause symptoms, ...Read more


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


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