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What sort of disease is a congenital abnormality in a baby?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Birth defect

Congenital anomaly is an anatomic abnormality present at birth.
There are many conditions that place a baby at risk for having one, but often the cause is unknown.

In brief: Birth defect

Congenital anomaly is an anatomic abnormality present at birth.
There are many conditions that place a baby at risk for having one, but often the cause is unknown.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Various implications

A simple definition would list any abnormal feature in baby found at birth but drs use it specificly for abnormalities of tissue development, reguardless of cause, that distort a body feature or structure.
Like a cleft palate. The shrink wrapping tightness of the womb can distort nl tissue & produce a transient change appearance, like a smushed face or twisted foot but this is not considered a ca.

In brief: Various implications

A simple definition would list any abnormal feature in baby found at birth but drs use it specificly for abnormalities of tissue development, reguardless of cause, that distort a body feature or structure.
Like a cleft palate. The shrink wrapping tightness of the womb can distort nl tissue & produce a transient change appearance, like a smushed face or twisted foot but this is not considered a ca.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: Present from birth

Can affect any organ.
Examples: genetic/inherited causes like heophilia, polycstic kidney disease + many rare synromes. Others can be due spontaneous chromasome abnormality like down syndrome: subjects have an extra chromasome + risk increases with advancing maternal age at conception. Can be from an interuterine infection from mother like syphilis. Similarly intrauterine alcohol exposure.

In brief: Present from birth

Can affect any organ.
Examples: genetic/inherited causes like heophilia, polycstic kidney disease + many rare synromes. Others can be due spontaneous chromasome abnormality like down syndrome: subjects have an extra chromasome + risk increases with advancing maternal age at conception. Can be from an interuterine infection from mother like syphilis. Similarly intrauterine alcohol exposure.
Dr. George Klauber
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