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Describe the concept of a birth defect.?

Describe the concept of a birth defect.?

Abnormal tissue Form: In simplistic terms a bd might be considered any abnormality found in a baby at birth. A better, more specific idea is a failure of a tissue or structure to form properly in fetal development. (cleft palate). A "disruption" can create a bd -loss of fingers to amnionic bands. Chromasome defects lead to several bd's like heart defects. ...Read more

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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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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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Child with birth defects?

Child with birth defects?

And your question is: If you have a specific question please ask it. As written this collection of words does not provide enough detail to be an answerable question. ...Read more

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What are the most common birth defects?

What are the most common birth defects?

See below: About 3% of the babies are born with birth defects and there are about 20 common defects. You may wish to consult the webpage below to get more details.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/data. Html. ...Read more

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What percent of babies have a birth defect?

What percent of babies have a birth defect?

About 3%: About 3 out of every 100 babies are born with some type of birth defect. Some can be very minor, and some are more serious. Some disease (like diabetes in the mother), or use of some medications in pregnancy can increase the risk of a baby having a birth defect. ...Read more

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Can birth defects occur because of the environment?

Can birth defects occur because of the environment?

In some cases: In the classical case, mercury in the waste water from a factory in japan fouled the fish they caught & ate. Pregnancies exposed to these fish often produced babies with small heads & brain damage. ...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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What is the definition or description of: Birth defects?

What is the definition or description of: Birth defects?

Birth Defects: A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth- it may be inherited or due to environmental influence. ...Read more

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I feel there is going to be birth defects on my baby. What do I do?

I feel there is going to be birth defects on my baby. What do I do?

Time for consultatn: I would consult with your OB about available forms of testing. There are both screening and more specific tests for a variety of issues. High resolution ultrasound can detect many structural defects while blood tests or amniocentesis can detect others. There is no overall test that could guarantee a given baby does a problem that is missed by the usual screening. ...Read more

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Are there any birth defects that are always associated with retardation?

Are there any birth defects that are always associated with retardation?

Genetic anomalies: Chromosomal abnormalities are major known causes for mental retardation. Down syndrome and fragile x syndrome are well known examples. ...Read more

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How can you prevent birth defects?

How can you prevent birth defects?

Pretty limited: Some birth defects such as fetal alcohol syndrome, defects associated with use of Accutane during pregnancy, and neural tube defect associated with Folic Acid deficiency are some examples whose occurrence can be minimized at least if not totally preventable. ...Read more

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Why so many birth defects in india?

Many factors: Poor hygiene, poor follow up and diagnostics for pregnant women, close relative marriage, acute and chronic disease, physical abuse of women and, probably, other causes. ...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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Is it possible to prevent birth defects?

Not all.: Some birth defects, like spine problems can be reduced by taking your prenatal vitamins. Others, like fetal alcohol syndrome can be completely prevented by no alcohol in pregnancy. Most though can't be predicted or prevented. ...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 birth defects be prevented?

Yes: Some can, but not all. Taking Folic Acid supplements before conception can prevent spinal cord defects. Excellent sugar control for a diabetic, avoiding certain drugs or medications early in pregnancy, and being aware of higher risks with advancing maternal age are all important. ...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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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 is your opinion on mercaptopurine birth defects?

What is your opinion on mercaptopurine birth defects?

Increased 6-fold.: Large study showed a 6-fold increased risk of fetal anomalies in women exposed to 6-mp in the first trimester. Anomalies were even more frequent when this drug was used for inflammatory bowel disease (unclear if disease or drug effect). 2nd/3rd trimester exposure may cause low birth weight and poor immune function. Avoid it unless absolutely required! ...Read more

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What's effective for helping to prevent birth defects?

What's effective for helping to prevent birth defects?

Many things: 3 of every 100 babies born have a serious malformation that will require surgery or will have a major impact on their lives. Much of this risk can't be changed. But good prenatal health definitely does help - beginning before conception: no alcohol, no drugs, good nutrition, proper care of diabetes, early visits to your doc, & prenatal vitamins that include folic acid. http://www. Marchofdimes. Com. ...Read more

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What fruits or vegatables would help prevent birth defects?

Good nutrition: The only association that is known between nutrition and birth defects, is the lack of vit B12 (folic acid) and a higher incidence of spina bifida. Taking prenatal vitamins will prevent this. In general, good nutrition will assure you and your baby the best chance for good growth prenatally. ...Read more

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Are there any documented birth defects with taking papaya enzymes?

None known: Linking a specific supplement to birth defects in general or a specific birth defect is extremely difficult as all these events are very rare. You should discuss all supplements with your obstetrician and limit the supplements to those which have proven benefits. For ex. Folic acid for spinal cord defects. ...Read more

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What causes birth defects of the heart?

What causes birth defects of the heart?

Several factors: The heart develops rather early so medication exposure in the first trimester can sometimes cause heart problems. Chromosomal or genetic issues also can cause heart problems, . ...Read more

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