Category: Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects

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Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects

Spina Bifida Test

Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that develops during the first month of pregnancy when the spinal column does not develop or close completely.

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Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects

Down Syndrome: Trisomy 21

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. This extra genetic

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Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects

Drug Relapse During Pregnancy

A Relapse Doesn’t Mean Recovery is Impossible Studies show that using drugs, legal or illegal, during pregnancy has a direct impact on your fetus. If

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Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling is the process of determining the risk you have of passing on an inheritable disease to your baby. Genetic counseling involves a specially

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Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects

Congenital CMV and Birth Defects

Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is a very common member of the herpes family of viruses. By age 40, half of the adult population has been infected

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Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects

Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH)

Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) is when there is bleeding in or around the ventricles of the brain. This condition is most common in premature babies (though

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Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects

Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a metabolic disease caused by a genetic mutation. This disease used to be very difficult to diagnose, but for the last 40+

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Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of conditions that affect control of movement and posture. Because of damage to areas of the brain that control