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Head & Spine Airway & Neck Lungs & Heart Abdomen & Intestines Urinary Tract Skeletal & Limbs Tumors Twin Abnormalities

The two plates of the skull that form the roof of the mouth are not completely joined.


When cerebrospinal fluid circulation is impaired, resulting in a build up of fluid and pressure on the brain. more

The spinal cord fails to close during development causing damage to the spinal nerves. more

A tumor, usually benign, that forms at the base of the baby’s tailbone.

Abnormal growth of neck tissue, usually benign, that can block the fetal airway and esophagus.

A piece of lung tissue that develops without being connected to the airways. more

A cystic mass which forms within the lung tissue. more

When the diaphragm does not form properly the contents of the abdomen develop inside the chest cavity, preventing the lungs from properly developing. more

A problem with the structure of the heart present at birth.

When the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped.

When a structural problem occurs during lung development, causing a mass to form. more

A buildup of fluid in the chest that compresses the lungs.

A blockage in the fetal intestines, either caused by injury or improper development.

A hole in the abdominal wall at the belly button that causes the intestines to protrude outside the body without protection.

A hole in the abdominal wall at the belly button that causes the intestines to protrude outside the body into a thin membrane sac. more

A group of abnormalities including deficient or absent abdominal muscles, urinary tract abnormalities and undescended testicles.

A blockage in the lower urinary tract, preventing urination, that can lead to kidney and lung damage. more

Swelling of one kidney or both due to a backup of urine.

When strands of the amnionic membrane attach to the baby and cause injury. more

When twins share unequal amounts of the placental blood supply, with one twin getting too much blood supply and one twin too little. more

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