Can gastrointestinal tract birth defects be diagnosed before birth?

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Prenatal testing can sometimes detect birth defects before birth. And ultrasound could potentially find structural errors from gastrointestinal tract birth defects while the baby is still forming, and blood test can detect if certain women are more at risks for birth defects. Amniocentesis (A procedure in which a small sample of amniotic fluid is drawn out of the uterus through a needle inserted in the abdomen) can diagnose birth defects through a sample of the   fluid that surrounds the baby in the womb. Many gastrointestinal tract birth defects cannot be diagnosed until birth or shortly after, though.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

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