What causes gastrointestinal tract birth defects?


The cause of gastrointestinal tract birth defects isn't always known. Genetics seem to play a role, as do environmental factors. It is thought that in some cases these factors must come together in order to produce a birth defect. For example, someone might be genetically predisposed to a gastrointestinal tract birth defect, but unless an environmental factor also triggers it, they will not actually develop the abnormality. In approximately half of all cases the cause is not determinable.

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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...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.

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