Birth Defect

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A birth defect is a physical abnormality that is present at the time of the birth of a child. Birth defects can involve many different organs including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, and intestinal tract. How a birth defect affects a given child will vary and depends greatly on the severity of the defect and whether or not other medical conditions are present. Birth defects can occur for many reasons including inherited (genetic) conditions, toxic exposure of the fetus in the womb, birth injury, and for unknown reasons.