Health topics

Congenital anomalies


Congenital anomalies are also known as birth defects, congenital disorders or congenital malformations. Congenital anomalies can be defined as structural or functional anomalies (e.g. metabolic disorders) that occur during intrauterine life and can be identified prenatally, at birth or later in life. Congenital anomalies can be caused by single gene defects, chromosomal disorders, multifactorial inheritance, environmental teratogens and micronutrient deficiencies.

A community-based rehabilitation worker plays with his child sitting on a bed
International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus/Io Cooman