Flashcards in Congentital and Childhood Disorders Deck (46)
What trimester is the most critical for development?
What occurs in the first trimester?
-Brain, spinal cord, organ development, arms legs, eyes, and genital development
What controls embryonic development?
What occurs in the 2nd trimester?
-Maturation of body tissues and organs
What occurs in the third trimester?
-Nervous system begins regulating the body tissues and organs
-Respiratory system matures
-Sexual development is completed
Excessive mutation can cause...
When and what are the important nutrients needed for development and when are they essential
-Essential during the first trimester
If you lack folic acid, what are its effects?
Effects the neural tube and can lead to spina bifida
This is any agent capable of causing a congential fetal abnormaility
What are the common tetatogens?
-Alcohol (MOST COMMON)
This is any abnormality present at birth
When do most birth defects occur and why?
Occur in the embryonic period (the first 8 weeks) because this is when the fetus is most vulnerable
What are common causes of birth defcts?
This is caused by maternal mechanical factors that distort the fetus
These are fetal defects due to genetic factors that interfere with the process of cell division
What is an example of mechanical defect
Describe club foot
-Twisting inward or outward of the foot so that the sole is not on the ground
-Due to malformation of the uterus
-Decreased amniotic fluid
What is the most common chemical/drug that effects the fetus? and how does it work?
-Alcohol is water soluble so it crosses the placenta and causes a negative effect
-Results in fetal alcohol syndrome
What are the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome?
-Thin upper lip
-Wide set eyes
-Intrauterine growth restriction
-Short eye syndrome
What are the classes of drugs for pregnant women, what are their significance, and what is an example?
Classes of drugs= A, B, C, X
-Classes are descriptive for whether they are safe for pregnant women
-C drugs= mostly haven't been tested yet
Again, what is folic acid and B12 important for?
Development of the nueral tube (incases the spinal cord)
What are the 3 types of Spina bifida?
-Spina bifida occulta
-Spina bifida with meningocele
-Spina bifida with myelomeningocele
Describe spina bifida occulta?
-Small Non closure of vertebral arch
-S&S= dimple, tuft of hair, hyperpigmentation in the lower lumbar region
Describe spina bifida with meningocele
-The meninges and CSF protrude through the deficit
-Causes a cystic nature
Describe spina bifida with myelomeningocele
-When the spinal cord, meninges, and CSF protrude through the deficit
-Huge deficit in the vertebral arch
-Causes extreme harm
-Can lead to paraylzation
-Can become incontinent because the nerves that go to the bladder don't work
What is vitamin A used for in development
How does ionizing radiation cause birth defects?
Effects the germ cells of the mother (ova) or the developing fetus and result in damaging DNA
-Damaged germ cells=defective baby
What is the name of the group that is the most common cause of microbe related teratogens
O=Other (syphilis, hep B, AIDS)
What are S&S of TORCH syndrome?
-Liver problems (hemorrhages and jaundice)