Last Updated on Sep 26, 2014

General Info About Structural Birth Defects

Birth defects are defined as structural, functional, or body metabolism-related abnormalities that are present at birth and can lead to physical or mental problems or to death.

Structural Birth Defects

Even though medical technology has improved so much over the recent years, the risk of having a child with a birth defect continues to be significant. About 1 in 33 children are born with structural defects like malformed limbs, heart problems and facial abnormalities.

Patients of all age groups, races, education levels and socio-economic backgrounds are affected. Educating people about the causes of birth defects is the only way to prevent them to some extent.

The most common major structural birth defects are heart defects like atrial and ventricular septal defects, patent ductus arteriosus, and aortic or pulmonary valve stenosis.

The other major structural defects that arise during the first month of pregnancy are called neural tube defects (NTDs). NTDs arise when the neural tube does not close completely by the 29th day after conception. Researchers have not found a cause for this birth defect. Spina bifida, anencephaly are the most common forms of NTDs.

Hypospadias is also a common structural defect. This structural disorder involves the male urethra and occurs when there is incomplete closure of the urethral folds.

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KAMALKANTKANSAL Saturday, April 28, 2012

my daughter is suffering from spino bifida with shortning of leg probably no neurological symptoms and sign

Nuzhat Friday, November 7, 2008

My brother in law is handicap. On his birth, his feet were upside down. With the help of German technology His feet were operated and got better. But today he still can't walk nor talk and gets seizures also.
I praise him and admire his will power. May Allah bless all such children and provide them evrything in the hereafter...Ameen!

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