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Forum: Birth Defects

Birth defects are functional or structural abnormalities present at birth, causing mental or physical disability. The defects may be caused by problems with chromosomes, environmental factors or genetic problems. This is the forum for discussing anything related to birth defects

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  1. Trisomy is a type of an abnormal number of chromosomes (aneuploidy) condition in which there are 3 instances of a specific chromosome, instead of the normal two which are naturally present in humans. This is the forum for discussing anything related to trisomy

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  2. Thrombocytopenia-absent radius (TAR) syndrome is the absence of the radius in the bone of each forearm. Patients affected also have inadequate platelets (blood cells) which are necessary for clotting. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition.

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  3. Spina bifida, also known as a neural tube defect, is the birth defect which occurs when the vertebrae (bones of the spine) do not form properly around part of the spinal cord of the baby. The condition can be mild or severe, and the most common is the mild form. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  4. Hypospadias is the male urethra birth defect where the urinary opening is not at the correct location on the head of the penis, in most cases on the underside of the penis. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  5. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is the birth defect caused during pregnancy if the woman drinks alcohol. The disorder caused range from mild to severe, and can be physical, behavioral, related to learning, or include all. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  6. Craniofacial anomalies are the diverse group of deformities which affect the bones of the face and skull. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  7. Clubfoot is the unusual positioning of the foot, with characteristics such as the foot pointing downward; the foot usually being smaller than normal; and in extreme cases, the bottom of the foot pointing up. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  8. CHARGE syndrome is the disorder affecting many parts of the body. CHARGE stands for coloboma, heart defect, atresia choanae (choanal atresia), retarded growth and development, genital abnormality, and ear abnormality. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  9. Anencephaly is the health condition whereby during embryonic development, a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp are absent. The cephalic disorder is caused by a neural tube defect occuring when the neural tube's rostral (head) end fails to close, in most cases between the 23rd and 26th day after conception. This is the forum for discussing anything related to Anencephaly

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  10. Albinism is a genetic disorder characterized by a deficit in melanin production and by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, eyes and hair. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  11. Aicardi syndrome is the rare genetic malformation syndrome which is characterized by the presence of retinal abnormalities, the complete or partial absence of a key structure in the brain called the corpus callosum, and the presence of seizures in the form of infantile spasms. This is the forum for discussing anything related to Aicardi Syndrome

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