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From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more
Yes: It is a defect present from birth, yes. Would i call it a birth defect, no. It is a genetically derived abnormality in the metabolism of hemoglobin that results in sickling of the red cells under some circumstances. As a metabolic disease, it is inherited in a similar fashion to pku or cystic fibrosis. The term birth defect is more appropriate for a kid with malformation of an organ or body part. ...Read more
Yes, but .....: Clinodactyly is a curve of one or more fingers, which is pretty common, especially for the pinkies, and no big deal at all. Technically it's a minor birth defect and usually not a sign of any problem. But sometimes it's one component of a rare genetic syndrome, like wahab syndrome (http://omim.Org/entry/615170) or a more common one, like down syndrome. I have a little clinodactyly myself! ...Read more
Nope.: Genetic prenatal testing can detect many chromosomal or microscopic dna defects - but it cannot prevent birth defects! 2-4% of all newborns will have a minor or major birth defect and the vast majority of those have unknown genetic underpinnings at this time, although many of us are working to change that. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily to prevent 75-95% of major neural/cardiac fetal anomalies! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If your are infected with chlamydia, can that cause birth defects in the child? Even if i get treatment to cure it. Could it cause down syndrome?
Only if untreated.: Chlamydia infection is of no risk to the fetus if treated properly (that includes your sexual partner). It has nothing to do with down syndrome. If left untreated or undiagnosed or recurrent at the time of delivery then ophthalmia neonatorum with trachoma can develop with severe consequences for the infant's eyesight. That's why Erythromycin ointment is applied to all newborns' eyes prophylactical. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you have 2 healthy children, does that lower your chances of having a child with Down syndrome or other birth defect?
Rolling the dice: A woman can give birth to a ds infant at any age. The frequency varies with age @ 1/1500 from 15-29, 1/100 @40-45 and 1/50 over 45.There are some non specific screening tests available early in pregnancy to see if it is more likely, but examination of fetal cells for a chromosome count is the most accurate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ob said based on my blood protein checking for risk of birth defects like Down syndrome or spinabifida my risk is 1 out of 189. Is this a high risk?
Helo dr. I had 2 abortions due to birth defects. Please help me how to avoid birth defects and down symdrome in next pregnancy.
Birth Defects: It is not possible to avoid birth defects altogether. However, many of the birth defects can be diagnosed prenatally - i.e. Early parts of pregnancy. In vitro fertilization is another option where embryos can be screened for birth defects before implantation. These options may not be acceptable for some people with certain religious background. ...Read more
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
Depends on defect: Some structural birth defects like a cleft lip or heart defect can be improved by a reconstructive repair. Others, like the metabolic problem created by having no thyroid gland, can be managed with medications. Some defects, encoded by genetic abnormalities, have no fix but do have people looking for ways to help. If you want to help, pick a problem & get involved. ...Read more
Become informed: The common responses to a birth defect runs the list of shock, disbelief, anger, depression and, over time a resolution & reorganization of your life & thinking. It is often helpful to learn as much about the defect/s, thoughts on origin, possibility of recurrrance, genetic contribution, etc. Meeting other parents who have been thru the same process may help, though i find most won't try for years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Neural tube defects (ntds): preventable with pre-pregnancy and ante-natal folic acid fetal alcohol syndrome (fas): avoid alcohol intake when trying to conceive and during pregnancy birth defects caused by medications and other substances some of the cardiac defects may be preventable by avoiding maternal obesity. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
What is the risk?: I seriously doubt that this question can be correctly answered. Overseas, can be anywhere in the world beyond the east coast and the west coast. The risk of birth defects vary widely through out the world. Adding each country's incidence and averaging them out would not give you a reliable answer. Limiting the geographical area of your querry may give you a better response. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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