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How is a barium enema used to treat a child's gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

How is a barium enema used to treat a child's gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

It's not.: It is used to diagnose GI tract birth defects; it is used to treat an acquired condition called intususception, in which small bowel "telescopes" and becomes jammed in large bowel. Barium under pressure pushes it back out while at the same time showing "before" and "after" pictures -- confirming both diagnosis and cure. ...Read more

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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


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What kind of gastrointestinal tract birth defects can be recognized at birth?

What kind of gastrointestinal tract birth defects can be recognized at birth?

Most: Generally babies with GI tract anomalies will have symptoms shortly after birth which prompt further testing. ...Read more

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What are the physical impacts of gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

What are the physical impacts of gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

That depends...: The physical effects of gastrointestinal birth defects depend on what the condition is. Gastroschisis and omphalocele are two GI defects requiring surgery. In both cases, the most common problems in follow-up are related to poor motility of the intestinal tract. The baby may have trouble tolerating feedings and may get distended/bloated, may spit up, and may not stool as often as expected. ...Read more

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How do gastrointestinal tract birth defects affect a child's life?

How do gastrointestinal tract birth defects affect a child's life?

Many defect types: The gastrointestinal tract runs from the lips to the anus, and thus has many different parts to it. Each part can have a birth defect. The way a child's life is affected would depend on the location and severity if his defect(s). ...Read more

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Can having a tooth cavity when pregnant affect the baby/ cause birth defects? I want to wait until 12 weeks to have it treated.

Can having a tooth cavity when pregnant affect the baby/ cause birth defects? I want to wait until 12 weeks to have it treated.

No: Cavities do NOT cause birth defects. It is never advisable to wait for evaluation and treatment with regard to dental health. See a dentist asap to discuss treatment and timing given your pregnancy. Congratulations on the pregnancy! ...Read more

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I have been taking doxycycline for a couple of months to treat acne.I think I am pregnant.Can this cause birth defects?

I have been taking doxycycline for a couple of months to treat acne.I think I am pregnant.Can this cause birth defects?

Contraindications : Doxycycline is contraindicated in pregnancy. It is category D - life threatening. I'll advise that you stop the med immediately if you are pregnant and follow up with your physician. Good health. ...Read more

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25y/o male being treated for prolactinoma.Was able to conceive with wife!testosterone only slightly low. Any chance birth defects due to my high prl?

25y/o male being treated for prolactinoma.Was able to conceive with wife!testosterone only slightly low. Any chance  birth defects due to my high prl?

No effect: The only thing that you contribute to the pregnancy is your genetics for which prolactin should not affect. Congratulations on being able to get a woman pregnant . I would not expect any complications. ...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


Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more