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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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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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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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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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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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Trying to learn more about the downside or potential negative impact of assisted hatching - birth defects, etc? And whether the pros outweigh the cons

Assisted Hatching: There can be complications from assisted hatching. It may be associated with damage to the embryo and damage to individual blastomeres with a reduction in the viability of the embryo. In addition, assisted hatching has been associated with an increased risk of monozygotic (identical) twins. Talk to your fertility doctor about the risks and benefits of assistant hatching. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: gastrointestinal tract?

What is the definition or description of: gastrointestinal tract?

GI tract: Gastrointestinal tract refers to the system connecting the mouth to the anus. Mouth, esophagus, stomach, duodenum, jejunum, ileum, colon. ...Read more

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What happens if a person has no peristalsis movement in the gastrointestinal tract?

What happens if a person has no peristalsis movement in the gastrointestinal tract?

U will be full of it: Peristalsis is the automatic contraction of smooth muscles to propel contents through the digestive tract..Without it functioning normally, you will not be able to swallow food, and if you manage to get food to the stomach, it will just sit there. Once in the intestine/colon, stools will just sit there as well..Thus making you full-of-it. :-) i hope you have some peristalsis.. Good day, iwash5.. ...Read more

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What are the potential causes of strictures in the gastrointestinal tract?

What are the potential causes of strictures in the gastrointestinal tract?

Location, location: The question is very broad and it would highly depend on which part of the GI tract we are talking about, i.e. The colon, the small intestine, the esophagus, etc. To give you a general framework though, i might say that some common causes are: cancer, ischemia (lack of blood supply), infection, inflammatory bowel disease (especially crohn's), radiation therapy, diverticulitis, and drugs. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 10-20 billion live cultures for my gastrointestinal tract, and douche with a probiotic to maintain balance?

Is it ok to take 10-20 billion live cultures for my gastrointestinal tract, and douche with a probiotic to maintain balance?

No: Please don't use probiotics for your GI tract, in your vagina. The "good bacteria" strains in each area are not the same. There are specific vaginal suppositories which can be used, if desired and appropriate. Please talk with your ob-gyn doctor about this. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between the digestive and the gastrointestinal tract?

Is there a difference between the digestive and the gastrointestinal tract?

No: They are two ways of saying the same thing. Similarly, the large intestine is also called the colon. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my gastrointestinal tract? It moves slow and causes constipation.

What is wrong with my gastrointestinal tract?  It moves slow and causes constipation.

See a doctor: To answer this question, a doctor would have to see you and get a good history and perform a physical exam. It also might require some testing such as xrays or bloodwork. ...Read more

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Can i drink reed's extra ginger brew (26mg fresh ginger) in 1st trimester? I have been for m/s, but read too much ginger can cause birth defects & m/c

Can i drink reed's extra ginger brew (26mg fresh ginger) in 1st trimester? I have been for m/s, but read too much ginger can cause birth defects & m/c

Safe in moderation: It is wise to be cautious re: the use of all herbs in the 1st trimester ; yes, too much ginger may be harmful. Research shows up to 1000 mg a day in divided doses is safe ; effective so the 26 mg in reed's ginger brew is quite safe. However, it has lots of sugar so consider making fresh ginger tea with honey to sweeten it. See http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/qaa400749/avoid-ginger-while-pregnant.Html. ...Read more

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Please help we don't understand why our baby has a birth defect?

Please help we don't understand why our baby has a birth defect?

2-4$ of all babies.: 2-4% of all babies are born with a major or minor birth defect. This is not your fault, however recurrence can be prevented with certain cardiac and neural tube defects (among the more common and serious) by taking 1-5 mg of Folic Acid daily for the rest of your reproductive life (i.e. Until menopause/hysterectomy/bilateral tubal ligation). ...Read more

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Does gdm cause cause birth defect?

Does gdm cause cause birth defect?

Yes: Cardiomegaly due to septal hypertrophy and small left colon syndrome are the examples. ...Read more

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Can pesticides cause birth defect?

Can pesticides cause birth defect?

Birth defects: Yes, especially the organophosphate pesticides can cause birth defects ...Read more

Gastrointestinal Tract (Definition)

Gastrointestinal tract refers to the system connecting the mouth to the anus. Mouth, esophagus, stomach, ...Read more


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Birth Defects (Definition)

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