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Doctor insights on: Stillbirth Congenital Anomalies Of Fetus

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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

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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

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I am 18 weeks. Fetus has not stopped excessively moving for over a week. It seems to get worse when I move positions. Can this result in stillbirth?

I am 18 weeks. Fetus has not stopped excessively moving for over a week. It seems to get worse when I move positions. Can this result in stillbirth?

Baby moving...: After 17 weeks of pregnancy it is usually when you become aware of your baby moving inside of you. They can move a lot and it is not a sign of miscarriage or stillbirth. The opposite is true. Once you start feeling the baby moving, if it stops moving that is a dangerous sign. If you experience vaginal bleeding, severe pain, then those are also red flags and you should see OB. ...Read more

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What are causes that could result in stillbirth of a 34 weeks fetus?

What are causes that could result in stillbirth of a 34 weeks fetus?

Several.: Obstetric complications (abruption, multiple gestation, preterm birth - 29%), placental disease and fetal growth restriction (fgr - 24%), fetal genetic/structural abnormalities (14%), maternal/fetal infection (13%), umbilical cord abnormalities (10%), hypertensive disorders (9%), other maternal medical conditions (8%). One third/fourth of cases remain undiagnosed/idiopathic. @34 weeks fgr likely. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how monitoring fetal movement prevent stillbirth?

Kick Counting: Fetal movement is reassuring. Babies that are in trouble stop moving, usually awhile before they are at risk of stillbirth. Monitoring fetal movement is a way to make sure that baby is doing well without hooking you up to a fetal monitor. If your monitoring indicates that baby isn't moving enough, you can go to the hospital for electronic fetal monitoring. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What are the tests for congenital toxoplasmosis in fetus?

What are the tests for congenital toxoplasmosis in fetus?

Amniotic fluid: For in utero testing, they can check amniotic fluid polymerase chain reaction (pcr) for toxoplasmosis gondii or serum antibody screening. ...Read more

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What are the real symptoms of congenital toxoplasmosis in fetus?

What are the real symptoms of congenital toxoplasmosis in fetus?

Please see below.: Congenital toxoplasmosis symptoms can range from none to severe, and can be seen anywhere from the first month to later in life. Infected babies can have anemia, low platelets (which can cause easy bleeding or bruising), jaundice, small heads, brain calcifications, seizures, mental retardation, vision loss, or other neurologic problems. ...Read more

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Congenital heart diseases in parents -> what risk in fetuses?

Congenital heart diseases in parents -> what risk in fetuses?

One~4%both~6-8: Chd is polygenic= influenced by multiple genes and not directly passed on. The type of the parents chd is not necessarily one seen in the offspring. ...Read more

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Since tof is congenital, why doesn't fetal ultrasound always find it?

Since tof is congenital, why doesn't fetal ultrasound always find it?

Heart defects: Tetralogy of fallot, a heart defect, can be difficult to diagnose prenatally. The heart is very small in a developing baby, and specific images must be obtained to make that diagnosis. If the baby is in a bad position, or the mother is obese, or the doctor doesn't have a lot of experience diagnosing heart defects in a fetus, tof can be missed. ...Read more

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12/24/12 hCG 2500, 12/26/12 hCG 3100, 12/27/12 tv u/s 6wks 1d fetal pole hr 96, 01/02/13 hCG 4500. Nonviable pregnancy? Congenital abnormalities? 41yo

12/24/12 hCG 2500, 12/26/12 hCG 3100, 12/27/12 tv u/s 6wks 1d fetal pole hr 96, 01/02/13 hCG 4500. Nonviable pregnancy? Congenital abnormalities? 41yo

Probably: This type of pattern can be consistent with a non-viable pregnancy, but you should see your OB clinician in order to make a diagnosis and to make sure you do not have an ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening. There is a 1:85 chance of delivering a baby with down's syndrome at the age of 41 at delivery; 1:65 at the age of 42 at delivery. ...Read more