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What's it mean to have congenital abnormalities?

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 Roberts
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Congenital Malformation (Definition)

Congenital malformation is aphysical defect present in a baby at birth that can involve many different parts of the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, and intestinal tract. Congenital malformation can be genetic, it can result from exposure of the fetus to a malforming agent (such as alcohol), or it can ...Read more


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I'm concerned. What symptoms go with congenital abnormalities?

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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My sister was diagnosed with congenital abnormalities. What does this mean?

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

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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How common are babies born with congenital abnormalities?

How common are babies born with congenital abnormalities?

2--3%, up to 7%: The usual quoted rate is as low as 2-3%. However in one prospective study of the outcome of 5, 964 pregnancies the incidence rose to 7%! the cause of 40-60% of congenital anomalies in humans is unknown. These are referred to as sporadic, a term that implies an unknown cause, random occurrence regardless of maternal living conditions. ...Read more

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Is it genes or lifestyle or both that make it likely to get congenital abnormalities?

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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Are congenital abnormalities genetic?

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, (warfarin) enalapril, alcohol). ...Read more

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Does culture play a role in the acceptance of congenital abnormalities?

Does culture play a role in the acceptance of congenital abnormalities?

Yes: In Japan, there is a terrible stigma to many birth defects, and even non-defects like being left-handed. Among ignorant people of any kind (and forgive me if saying "ignorant" offends the local multiculturalists), birth defects lead to superstitious fear and often ostracism -- or refusal to get needed corrections ("It's God's punishment.") Having a birth defects is hard enough without all this. ...Read more

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12/24/12 hCG 2500, 12/26/12 hCG 3100, 12/27/12 tv u/s 6wks 1d fetal pole hr 96, 01/02/13 hCG 4500. Nonviable pregnancy? Congenital abnormalities? 41yo

12/24/12 hCG 2500, 12/26/12 hCG 3100, 12/27/12 tv u/s 6wks 1d fetal pole hr 96, 01/02/13 hCG 4500. Nonviable pregnancy? Congenital abnormalities? 41yo

Probably: This type of pattern can be consistent with a non-viable pregnancy, but you should see your OB clinician in order to make a diagnosis and to make sure you do not have an ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening. There is a 1:85 chance of delivering a baby with down's syndrome at the age of 41 at delivery; 1:65 at the age of 42 at delivery. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is a congenital malformation?

What sort of problem is a congenital malformation?

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 more

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So what are the symptoms of congenital malformation?

So what are the symptoms of congenital malformation?

Which one?: There are many different congenital malformations with many different symptoms. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: Congenital malformation?

What is the definition or description of: Congenital malformation?

Congenital defect: Congenital malformation is aphysical defect present in a baby at birth that can involve many different parts of the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, and intestinal tract. Congenital malformation can be genetic, it can result from exposure of the fetus to a malforming agent (such as alcohol), or it can be of unknown origin. ...Read more

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Is a congenital anomaly in the cervix is dangerous?

It depends: Your question is not very precise. I would answer that if your congenital anomaly is about structure only and does not pose increase risk for bleeding or is not an obstruction probably not. However may pose risk for getting pregnant or maintaining pregnancy. If by congenital anomaly you mean some kind of dysplasia it may be dangerous. You really have to ask your doctor who knows more about you. ...Read more

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What is the most common congenital anomaly in newborn boys?

What is the most common congenital anomaly in newborn boys?

VSD, pyelectasis: Ventricular septal defects and renal pyelectases are some of the most common and innocuous birth defects in males. Another very common finding is non-closure of the procesus vaginalis that predisposes to later inguinal hernia. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a "sternal congenital malformation"?

Abnormal sternum: "sternal congenital malformation" could be any abnormal formation or form of the sternum. For example "pectus excavatum" is an abnormal formation of the rib cage that gives the chest a caved-in or sunken appearance. The sternum itself can also have prominences or clefts. ...Read more

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What happens when a child is born with an unexpected congenital anomaly?

What happens when a child is born with an unexpected congenital anomaly?

Proper care: Parents and child learn to cope with the anomaly, see specialists, see what can be done to repair or improve the condition, and get set up for appropriate therapies if indicated. You improvise, adapt, and overcome...To quote gunny highway /clint eastwood. ...Read more

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If one child has a congenital anomaly will our future children have them too?

If one child has a congenital anomaly will our future children have them too?

Consultation needed: Some anomalies are sporadic, like toe amputations from amniotic bands, while others like cleft lip/palate have a recurrence risk. Most children's hospitals or medical schools have a medical geneticist on staff who can help. A review of the anomaly and both family histories can help define your risks of a repeat, or any other learking issue. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Abnormalites that are present at birth. Also known as birth defects. For example- cleft palate is a congenital abnormalities. Another example congenital heart disease is the presence of a ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth- it may be inherited or ...Read more