Congenital amputation

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Definition

Congenital amputation is characterized as the absence of a fetal part or limb at birth. This congenital condition is said to be a result of possible constriction of the fibrous bands inside the membrane surrounding the fetus. It can also be due to the exposure to certain substances that are known to cause birth defects. Genetics can also play a factor.

Diagnosis

In majority of the cases of congenital amputation, the defect is not diagnosed up until the baby is born. However, ultrasound examinations can help reveal early abnormalities as well as absence of limbs.

Treatment

A successful treatment of a congenital amputation would usually involve the coordination of an entire medical team. The accepted method of treatment today is the attachment of a functional prosthetics and plastic surgery.

Symptoms and Signs

An infant suffering from congenital amputation usually have a missing portion or entire limb.

Causes

The exact causes of congenital amputations are still unknown. However, majority of the birth defects have underlying genetic factors that usually occur during the first trimester of the pregnancy. Exposure to some teratogens or agents that can cause birth defects may also cause congenital amputation. Another cause is the amniotic band syndrome that can constrict the natural development of the fetus.

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