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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


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Husband and i are trying to conceive. I am healthy and not on any meds but he is (adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) 40mg). Are there risks of birth defects due to his meds?

Husband and i are trying to conceive. I am healthy and not on any meds but he is (adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) 40mg). Are there risks of birth defects due to his meds?

Nope.: Dad's Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) has nothing to do with teratogenicity risk for the resulting embryo. The reason for the medication, though, may be inherited and your offspring may be at increased risk for adhd. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and best of luck! ...Read more

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Husband is taking libido max male enhancement pill. Warning on package says it contains a chemical that may cause birth defects.. Which chemical?

Husband is taking libido max male enhancement pill. Warning on package says  it contains a chemical that may cause birth defects.. Which chemical?

Food supplement: This is a proprietary product containing herbs, some of which have been shown to improve libido. The label does warn about blood pressure and heart conditions. There may also be some components in it that they do not list, since a "power max blend" of 341mg is listed. There are no studies of these herbs or other unidentified components that determine safety to fetuses. ...Read more

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If a recreational user stops taking cocaine, how long could it still be in his system where it may affect sperm and potentially cause birth defect?

If a recreational user stops taking cocaine, how long could it still be in his system where it may affect sperm and potentially cause birth defect?

Less than a month: Unlikely to be teratogenic, but has been asociated with learning difficulties and school behavior issues when the mom takes during pregnancy. Fatherhood is a great motivator to stop. Good luck. ...Read more

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8wks preg and have been taking zofran (ondansetron) as needed. heard it causes birth defects. i dont take it daily just as needed. will the baby be ok?

8wks preg and have been taking zofran (ondansetron) as needed. heard it causes birth defects. i dont take it daily just as needed. will the baby be ok?

Category B=safe: This drug is listed as a category "B" drug during pregnancy. This label is applied to drugs where existing studies show no fetal effect in the 1st or later trimesters. Since there is a lack of large scale studies on this and many other meds, it cannot be put in class A, the safest, but it is about as safe as true research can show. ...Read more

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Birth defects are on the rise. What could cause this?

Many reasons: First, are they really increasing, or are they just living. Up until recently in history most of those pregnancies with defects would miscarry or the baby die rapidly after birth. Now we save these pregnancies and children. However, if increase, it is likely the many environmental exposures we have in the industrial age, both in the air we breath and perhaps the foods we eat. ...Read more

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Does ureaplasma cause birth defects?

Ureaplasma: Ureaplasma infection is associated with premature births as well as spontaneous abortions.During birth the organism can also infect the newborn and cause meningitis, pneumonia or septicemia (blood infection). ...Read more

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Can listeriosis cause birth defects?

Can listeriosis cause birth defects?

Stillbirth: Our biggest concern is that listeria infection in the expectant woman can cause death of her fetus. There have been cases traced to eating contaminated cheese and cold cuts. Please see my guide on what food to feed your family (and fetus); there are two answers and links to food safety there. ...Read more

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Can spermicides cause birth defects?

Can spermicides cause birth defects?

Unlikely: There are 2 reports of a very slight association of birth defects in children conceived whilst mothers were using spermicides. However these were retrospective rather than prospective studies, there are many more studies that refute the likelihood of subsequent birth defects. ...Read more

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Can radiotherapy cause birth defects?

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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Could an epidural cause birth defects?

Could an epidural cause birth defects?

NO: Birth defects happen early in the pregnancy for the most part. An epidural happens in labor - it can't possibly cause a birth defect. ...Read more

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What birth defects were caused by acutane?

What birth defects were caused by acutane?

See below: Accutane birth defects include the ears, eyes, face, skull, heart and brain. ...Read more

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Can Accutane cause birth defects?

Can Accutane cause birth defects?

It WILL cause defect: "The baseline population risk of malformations is 3-5%, but it increases to almost 30% in women exposed to isotretinoin during the first trimester of pregnancy." see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19961047
Many are profound, horrible defects--absent ears, tiny brain, deafness and blindness. Effects may occur many months after a woman ceases taking it. ...Read more

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And why does xray cause birth defects?

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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Does abnormal sperm shape cause birth defects?

Does abnormal sperm shape cause birth defects?

Unlikely: Since millions of sperm are involved in the race for the egg, it is the abnormal sperm that don't swim as well and are not likely to succeed in fertilizing an egg. ...Read more

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Do amniotic sac disorders cause birth defects?

Do amniotic sac disorders cause birth defects?

Amniotic Fluid: Best discussed with your ob.
Too much or too little amniotic fluid is associated with abnormalities in development and pregnancy complications. Differences in the amount of fluid may be the cause or the result of the problem. ...Read more

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Could electronic cigarettes cause birth defects?

Could electronic cigarettes cause birth defects?

Cigarettes defects: Pregnant mothers who smoke have an increase chance of birthing a baby with defects, in particular cleft palates and lips. It is not clearly known if electronic cigarettes are less likely but they certainly they can. There is no data to suggest exact results but I would assume they will. Don't smoke anything while pregnant. ...Read more

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Can prescription medications cause birth defects?

Can prescription medications cause birth defects?

Some can, some don't: A prescription acne med taken by mouth causes well described birth defects & women on the med are required to be on 2 forms of birth control. Many medications do not cause problems. If you are planning to get pregnant it is important to make sure any med or supplement you take is safe. ...Read more

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What birth defects does Xanax (alprazolam) cause?

What birth defects does Xanax (alprazolam) cause?

Xanax (alprazolam): can ^ risk for cleft lip or cleft palate, ...Read more

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What kind of birth defects does corticosteroid cause?

Possibly cleft lip.: Most steroids ingested by the mother never reach the fetus because they are metabolized by the placenta. Some limited evidence suggests that exposed pregnancies have an increased risk for cleft lip (not palate). ...Read more

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What birth defects can using Xanax (alprazolam) cause?

What birth defects can using Xanax (alprazolam) cause?

Xanax (alprazolam): There is controversy in research about this, but some data shows that xanax (alprazolam) can be associated with oral clefts in infants. Babies born when mothers use xanax (alprazolam) will also be born habituated to the drug, and may go through withdrawal. ...Read more

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Does risperidal (risperidone) cause any birth defects?

Does risperidal (risperidone) cause any birth defects?

No.: There are no adequate reports or well-controlled studies in human fetuses. It is unknown whether Risperidone crosses the human placenta. The pregnancy outcomes of women who contacted a teratogen information service and the manufacturer's data after exposure to Risperidone appeared normal. ...Read more

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How severe does blood sugar have to be to cause birth defects?

No known value: There is no one value that one can say causes birth defects. More important is at what stage of fetal development exposure occured and how persistent it was. For prospective mothers with diabetes we advise to start paying close attention to their glucose control several months before trying to get pregnant. ...Read more

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Which specific birth defects can be caused by valsartan (diovan)?

Which specific birth defects can be caused by valsartan (diovan)?

From Package insert : Use of drugs that act on the renin-angiotensin system during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy reduces fetal renal function and increases fetal and neonatal morbidity and death. Resulting oligohydramnios can be associated with fetal lung hypoplasia and skeletal deformations. Potential neonatal adverse effects include skull hypoplasia, anuria, hypotension, renal failure, and death. ...Read more

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What specific birth defects could be caused by valsartan (diovan)?

What specific birth defects could be caused by valsartan (diovan)?

Renal failure.: Oligohydramnios, due to decreased fetal renal function, may lead to fetal lung hypoplasia and skeletal malformations. Use is associated with anuria, hypotension, renal failure, skull hypoplasia, and death in the fetus/neonate. The exposed fetus should be monitored for fetal growth, amniotic fluid volume, and organ formation. Infants exposed should be checked for hyperkalemia, hypotension, oliguria. ...Read more

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Measles can make you blind and cause birth defects. Is all this true?

Measles can make you blind and cause birth defects. Is all this true?

Yes: However, the childhood diseases were always so common when i was a child that we expected them and there were no complcations. We assumed that it was mother nature's way of stimulating the immune system. In england, i would treat about 200 cases of measles every 2 years----no complications---why? Because the kids were not overwhelmed with "junk". They were healthy! ...Read more

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What environmental chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects?

What environmental chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects?

Too many to list: A large number of environmental chemicals are carcinogenic, e.g., arsenic, benzene, pcb, aflatoxin, radon, alcohol and radioactive isotopes. Mercury, acutane, alcohol, lead etc cause birth defects. ...Read more

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Diabetes can make you blind and cause birth defects. Is all this true?

Diabetes can make you blind and cause birth defects. Is all this true?

Yes, this is true: Diabetes that is not treated properly can cause problems with your eyes, heart, and kidneys. If you are pregnant and you have diabetes that is not under tight control, your unborn child may develop birth defects and may develop dangerously low blood glucose after delivery. Your obstetrician or primary care doctor can help you keep your sugar levels in a safe range. ...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


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Dextroamphetamine And Racemic Amphetamine (Definition)

Dextroamphetamine|racemic amphetamine is an appetite suppressant which is a kind ...Read more