Congenital Abnormalities

Birth defects in the form of either structural or functional anomalies that are the result of problems with fetal development prior to birth. Congenital Abnormalities can be placed into five different categories, chromosome, single-gene, conditions during pregnancy, a combination of genetic and environmental problems, and unknown causes. Most Congenital Abnormalities are not linked to a particular cause however risk factors can be linked to genetic or environmental causes. Some structural abnormalities can be rectified with treatment and surgical intervention.