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What are the causes of congenital anomalies besides bad genes?

What are the causes of congenital anomalies besides bad genes?

Accidents.: Early accidents in the cellular or molecular level can lead to birth defects even when the genetic make-up of the conceptus is normal. Examples: amniotic band sequence, previable rupture of membranes, in utero infections (e.g. Cmv, rubella, toxoplasmosis, herpes, syphilis, hiv), teratogens (heat, drugs, radiation, environmental toxins, alcohol), pregestational diabetes mellitus. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Stephens
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Stillbirth (Definition)

A stillbirth is a condition in which fetal death occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most cases are due to unknown causes, but some possible causes include bacterial infection, genetic defects, recreational drug use by the mother, physical trauma, ...Read more


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Are developmental, familial and congenital anomalies different?

Are developmental, familial and congenital anomalies different?

Not really: Developmental = failure to meet developmental milestones such as sitting up, walking etc. This may be aquired from e.g. Birth injury. Familial means that it is a trait within a family, presumably genetic. Congenital is "accidental" with no known cause. ...Read more

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Are there effective natural treatments for congenital anomalies?

Are there effective natural treatments for congenital anomalies?

Anomalies: No, there are no natural remedies for congenital anomalies. Nature caused the anomalies in the fetus. Man has to rectify them either during the pregnancy or after birth. Every human being has a risk of having a child with an anomaly. The only thing found to reduce that risk, and its only for neural tube defects and cardiac defects, is to have the mother take Folic Acid daily prior to pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are developmental and congenital anomalies different or the same?

Are developmental and congenital anomalies different or the same?

Different: Congenital anomalies are present at birth. Developmental anomalies develop over time. ...Read more

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Ever since the pediatrician diagnosed congenital anomalies in my son, I have been a nervous wreck. What does it mean?

Ever since the pediatrician diagnosed congenital anomalies in my son, I have been a nervous wreck. What does it mean?

It depends on which.: Congenital abnormalities are physical differences in the body that are present at birth;each body part has the potential to have an anomaly.Some are genetic, some are due to things that happen in the womb, & some happen for unknown reasons.These differences can vary from minor anomalies (like an extra finger or an ear tag) that don't affect function, to major defects that can be fatal. Talk to doc. ...Read more

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I had an abortion in 6 months. As the baby was found to be having major cardiac congenital anomalies;our families have no conn. Can this happen again?

 I had an abortion in 6 months. As the baby was found to be having major cardiac congenital anomalies;our families have no conn. Can this happen again?

Hard to say: If you had results of an autopsy or at least a chromosome evaluation on the fetus we would have a starting point.Recurrence risk of simple chromosome anomalies is low, but you could be carrying a balanced chromosome defect.If so, recurrence risk could be quite high.You need to find a clinical geneticist (university or children's hospital) & have the case reviewed. ...Read more

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What are the congenital anomalies of the eye?

What are the congenital anomalies of the eye?

Long list: Any part of the eye can develop with problems or improperly. The list is long and includes abnormalities of the lids, tear drainage, cornea, lens and retina. Some are cosmetic, some functional and some very serious. If you suspect a problem in your child, you should see a pediatric ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What're the causes of congenital anomalies?

What're the causes of congenital anomalies?

Multifactorial.: Genetic, environmental, infectious, metabolic reasons or even developmental accidents can cause birth defects. Taking Folic Acid at 1-5 mg daily throughout your reproductive life could prevent 95% of neural tube defects and up to 75% of cardiac defects. ...Read more

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Which is a good hospital for treatment of children with congenital anomalies?

Which is a good hospital for treatment of children with congenital anomalies?

What anomaly?: There are many congenital anomalies. Many require no treatment. The better question: what doctor would be the best to evaluate and treat my child's problem? Once you find a doctor, the doctor will send you to a hospital if that is part of the evaluation and treatment. Hospitals are valuable because of the people that work within them. Find the doctor first. ...Read more