Congenital Disorders Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information about Nonhereditary Birth Defects and Disorders Related to Prematurity, Gestational Injuries, Congenital Infections, and Birth Complications, Including Heart Defects, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Cleft Lip and Palate, Cerebral Palsy, and More; Along with Facts about the Prevention of Birth Defects, Fetal Surgery and Other Treatment Options, Research Initiatives, a Glossary of Related Terms, and Resources for Additional Information and Support

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Sandra J. Judd
Omnigraphics, 2007 - Medical - 647 pages
According to the March of Dimes, about 150,000 babies-one in twenty-eight-are born each year with a birth defect, an abnormality of structure, function, or metabolism present at birth that results in physical or mental disability or is fatal. Birth defects are the leading cause of death in the first year of life. Yet the future is brightening for those affected by birth defects. Recent medical advances have allowed doctors to diagnose and treat some birth defects before birth, allowing these babies a much greater chance at survival. Advances in our understanding of the causes of birth defects allow prospective parents to take steps to minimize the chances of their babies developing these disorders. Congenital Disorders Sourcebook, Second Edition, provides basic consumer health information about the most common types of nonhereditary birth defects and disorders related to prematurity, gestational injuries, congenital infections, and birth complications, including disorders of the heart, brain, gastrointestinal tract, musculoskeletal system, urinary tract, and reproductive system, craniofacial disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and fetal alcohol syndrome, and detailing the causes, diagnostic tests, and treatments for each. Current research initiatives, including fetal surgery, are described, along with a glossary of related terms and a directory of resources for further help and information.

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