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Birth Defects

A birth defect is otherwise known as a congenital disorder. It is a condition that is present at birth without probable cause. Birth defects are usually caused due to chromosomal abnormalities (genetic), increased fetus's exposure to medicines, and infections. Heart defects, cleft lip, Down syndrome, and spina bifida are the common birth defects seen in newborns. Amniocentesis can help detect birth defects during pregnancy.

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Chromosome break study is normal. Is Fanconi anemia absent?

Query: Hello doctor,The findings during chromosome breakage study for Fanconi anemia are not in favor of chromosomal breakage syndrome. Is the patient totally free from the Fanconi anemia?  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In Fanconi anemia, there is a presence of birth defects along with severed degree anemia. If such a finding is present, then further work out has to be done for that. I have checked your report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is not showing any c...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of an abnormal baby if grandkids of sisters marry?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to know if my two sister's grandson and granddaughter get married, will their baby become abnormal? Or will the marriage affect their kid in any other way? Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The likelihood of abnormalities in offspring depends on whether the sisters are married to their cousins or if the parents of the grandchildren are cousins themselves. If there is a close blood relation in either of these scenarios, the chances of abnormalities increa...  Read Full »

Can a temperate pool at 98 F affect the baby during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I found out that I am pregnant, and the next day I went to a spa. Knowing that hot tub and sauna are not good for me, the lady at the spa told me to go to the temperate pool, which was 98 F. I went for five minutes, and now I am so scared. Did I do something wrong? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sonal Prasad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry, sauna is to be avoided in pregnancy, but not ones with temperature as body temperature. The lady at the spa was wise. Make sure you take your antenatal vitamins throughout pregnancy. For more information consult a doctor soon.   Read Full »

I have structural birth deformity in hand. Is this hereditary?

Query: Hello doctor, I was born with a structural birth defect where my left hand is completely deformed. My left arm is normal from the wrist and above. I would like to know if this defect is hereditary if I try to have a child. What are the risk for me as a father passing any defects to my future childr...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. It will be of great help if you can send me the picture of your deformity. I will be happy to help you further.  Read Full »

My double marker test report is abnormal. Is my baby healthy?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my nuchal translucency scan and double marker blood tests taken a few days ago. I am worried because my NT scan reports are normal, but my double marker test report shows a high risk for trisomy 21. All reports are attached for your guidance and suggestions. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. I read your query, and I can understand your concern. From your history and reports (attachments removed to protect patient's identity), I gather that you are 33 years old, which is a low-risk age, and there are no other risk factors. Previousl...  Read Full »

My rubella is 3 IU/mL. Will it affect my pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My rubella is 3 IU/mL non-reactive and I am six-weeks pregnant. Do I have rubella infection? Are there any chances of any birth defects? Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rubella is a serious infection to affect pregnancy. Your blood report only states that you had a rubella infection only some time in life. It does not seem to be an active infection. You get it only once. So all you need to know is that that was an infection that...  Read Full »

I am 13 weeks pregnant and have been using topical creams for troubled areas, but I am concerned about the possibility of birth defects. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 13 weeks pregnant and have been using a small amount of topical gel ocassionally in a few troubled areas. I have read that topical creams can cause birth defects, and now I am scared. Should I be concerned for my baby? Please help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. Please do not worry. You should consult a gynecologist and get your ultrasonography test done to rule out birth defects. If everything is fine, do not worry, and continue your pregnancy journey. I hope this wil...  Read Full »

Is there any test to determine the chances of a person having abnormal kids?

Query: Hi doctor, Can normal tests tell that a person will have abnormal kids or no kids at all? Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry, but I am not sure which test you are referring to. If you are referring to semen analysis, then unless the tests remain normal, the likelihood of having kids is high. However, this test would not provide information about the abnormality of kids. If you ar...  Read Full »

What can be done for a short neck?

Query: Hello doctor,I am having short neck since birth. I am attaching my recent x-ray report with this post. Kindly help me out in understanding my condition. What particular solution would you suggest for the same? I also came across cervical traction devices. Will they help in my case? Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The condition you have is called as block vertebrae or congenital fusion of cervical vertebrae. This is most likely a congenital problem. That means this is present right from the birth. Other...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to dilate an obstructed nose without surgery.

Query: Hi doctor, My baby girl is 3 weeks old and she has a problem with her right nose. She cannot breathe and the physicians said me that it is an obstruction but not an imperforation. The physicians tried to aspire and the secretions are gelatin. The secretion is bacteriologically negative. The next ste...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to the details you have provided it seems like unilateral choanal atresia (blockage of nasal passage). Choanal atresia can be unilateral or bilateral also can be bony or membranous. It is a congenital problem that is from birth. In unilateral, if membranous then we need...  Read Full »

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