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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.

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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What leads to most birth defects?

What leads to most birth defects?

Alcohol: The avoidable agent best known for producing a variety of birth defects is alcohol.The spectrum of defects varies considerably with the amount consumed during pregnancy.The most involved are born to alcoholic mothers while as few as 2 drinks a day has a a significant risk. Defects vary from decreased intellect, heart, skeletal, facial and numerous other features., .

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Could diet influence birth defects?

Could diet influence birth defects?

Yes: Insufficient folate (folic acid) in the mother's diet has been linked to neural tube birth defects.

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Why are birth defects are on the rise?

Environment: Although some birth defects are inherited others come from harmful environmental factors, and others are a result from complex interaction of genes and environmental factors. In about 50% of the cases the causes are unknown. Some birth defects can be prevented by not drinking or smoking or using street drugs during pregnancy. Talk to a healthcare provider about medications you are taking as well

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What causes a baby to have birth defects?

Birth defect causes: 1- genetic; either inherited from parents or just random chance (new mutation) 2- Infection; toxo, herpes, varciella, syphilis, rubella, etc 3- environmental factors; like radiation 4 - Medications

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What's the percentage that have birth defects?

What's the percentage that have birth defects?

3 to 4 %: The comprehensive NIH study of 50, 000 pregnancies with infants followed up to the age of 7 years revealed approximately 3 to 4 % major birth defects in the neonatal period (not including genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis), defined as a condition requiring surgery, causing a significant cosmetic problem, or a significant functional problem. By age 7 years, the percentage of affected was 7%

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Which birth defects are the most problematic to fix?

Which birth defects are the most problematic to fix?

Varies: That varies tremendously. Some are minor and don't need fixing. Some are very severe and can't be fixed at all. Many are in between; they might not be completely fixable, but the right doctor might be able to make the problem considerably better.

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Is ADHD considered a birth defect?

Is ADHD considered a birth defect?

ADHD is not a defect: ADHD is not considered a birth defect. It is a variation in brain anatomy and chemistry that is actually fairly common. Many people with ADHD have relatives who also have it and a genetic link has been found in many cases.

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Does lsd cause birth defects?

Does lsd cause birth defects?

Controversial: But the overall tide of opinion is that the answer is "no." there was laboratory evidence that lsd could cause damage to germ cells - sperm and eggs - even long after it's ingestion. However, studies of this have not yielded consistent results. There are no human studies, and the vast majority of lsd users (esp in pregnancy) use other substances as well. Avoiding any drugs in pregnancy is best.

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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, .

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What are the causes of heart birth defects?

What are the causes of heart birth defects?

Genes, environ, luck: A mix of genetics, exposure & chance. The formation of the heart is a very complex process as a simple vascular tube transforms into a specialized pump intertwining 2 separate circulations. Sometimes cells fail to migrate or grow-->may lead to septal defects. Structures may not form, and if they interfere with bloodflow (e.g., valve not opening), then downstream structures don't grow or develop.

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Does radiation poisoning cause birth defects?

Does radiation poisoning cause birth defects?

Yes: It depends on the amount of exposure and the timing in the pregnancy. Early on in the pregnancy, radiation poisoning will likely lead to a miscarriage. Later on in the pregnancy, radiation poisoning can lead to death or growth disturbances or congenital malformations.

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Can the doctor detect birth defects at 3 months?

Can the doctor detect birth defects at 3 months?

Expert ultrasound: An ultrasound examination might show some abnormalities, but many might not be visible at 3 months. Also not all birth defects (congenital anomalies) are associated with chromosome abnormalities so screening the blood of the pregnant woman or testing the placental tissue would not detect them. Testing of the fetal blood or amniotic fluid isn't typically done early may be referred to experienced mfm.

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Are heart birth defects cause for major concern?

Are heart birth defects cause for major concern?

Yes: Some more than others. Vsd, a type of "hole in the heart", sometimes closes on its own, while others may be life-threatening within minutes of birth.

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What kinds of birth defects can stem cells cure?

None: At this time, stem cells are mostly in research mode and although there are more studies looking a stem cells to reverse disease processes, it is all still investigational.

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How many different heart birth defects are there?

How many different heart birth defects are there?

Several: There are several types of heart defects, but doctors usually classify them into several broad categories. Cyanotic defects cause your baby to turn cyanotic, or blue. Obstructive defects block the normal flow of blood through the heart and its associated blood vessels. Septal defects cause "holes" between the heart's chambers. And hypoplastic defects make one side of the heart smaller.

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Can having a rhinoplasty prevent any birth defects?

Can having a rhinoplasty prevent any birth defects?

No: Rhinoplasty will change the way an individual's own nose looks and works, but has no impact whatsoever on a person's genes. Therefore, you can still have a child with the same nasal issues even after your surgery.

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Does azathioprine cause cause birth defects in men?

Does azathioprine cause cause birth defects in men?

Data presented on: This site http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/m/pubmed/15023170/ suggest an? Ed risk of congenital abnormalities. Since affected progeny had the same disorders as their fathers, a causal association with an immunosuppressant could not be proven. Please consult your wife's ob-gyn & request a pre-pregnancy visit with a prenatal genetic counselor to assist you in decision-making.

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Incest cause birth defects and other reproductive harm?

Incest cause birth defects and other reproductive harm?

Possible: In addition to the trauma of the incestous abuse, there is a higher risk of birth and congenital abnormalities in pregnacies and births resulting from incest due to the resulting gene loading in families with hereditary problems.

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