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Diagnosis of Birth Defects

Many birth defects can be diagnosed before birth with special tests (prenatal diagnosis). Chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome can be diagnosed before birth by analyzing cells in the amniotic fluid or from the placenta. Fetal ultrasound during pregnancy can also give information about the possibility of certain birth defects, but ultrasound is not 100 percent accurate, since some babies with birth defects may look the same on ultrasound as those without problems.

A chromosome analysis, whether performed on a blood sample or cells from the amniotic fluid or placenta, is very accurate.
Birth defects can be diagnosed during pregnancy or after the baby is born, depending on the specific type of birth defect.

Tests that help for diagnosis birth defects include the following:

 

 

Types of Birth Defects Research and Tracking of Birth Defects
Causes of Birth Defects Prevention of Birth Defects
 Why are Birth Defects a concern

 

 

 


 

References:

http://www.healthline.com/health/birth-defects#Overview1

http://www.parents.com/baby/health/birth-defects/birth-defects-symptoms-treatments/

http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/birth-defects.html

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/facts.html

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/prevention.html

http://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/infections.html

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/diagnosis.html

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/research.html

http://www.medicinenet.com/birth_defects/article.htm

https://childrensnational.org/choose-childrens/conditions-and-treatments/genetic-disorders-and-birth-defects/birth-defects


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