In-depth

Cleft lip and cleft palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are common birth defects. Surgical correction allows children with clefts to live normal and healthy lives.

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a genetic condition affecting the adrenal glands and interfering with normal growth and development in boys and girls.

Down syndrome

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that results in mental retardation and other problems. Children with Down syndrome often benefit from early intervention and education.

High-risk pregnancy

If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you might have questions. Will you need special prenatal care? Will your baby be OK? Get the facts about high-risk pregnancies.

Hunter syndrome

Hunter syndrome, a rare metabolic disorder, occurs when the body can't break down certain complex sugars. Complications occur as these sugars accumulate in the body.

Incompetent cervix

Incompetent cervix — Overview covers symptoms, risks and treatment of weak cervical tissue during pregnancy.

Placenta accreta

Placenta accreta — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms and treatment of this serious pregnancy condition.

Polyhydramnios

Polyhydramnios — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes and treatment of excessive amniotic fluid in pregnancy.

Prenatal testing: Quick guide to common tests

During pregnancy you might have the option to pursue various screening tests. Here's what the tests can tell you.

Spina bifida

Spina bifida is a birth defect in which the spinal cord doesn't close properly during the first month of pregnancy.

Thalassemia

Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder, characterized by less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells than normal. When necessary, treatment includes blood transfusions.

Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite. It doesn't make most people ill, but infants and people with HIV/AIDS are at risk of complications.

Triple X syndrome

How to identify and treat triple X syndrome.

Turner syndrome

Turner syndrome, a genetic condition that only affects females, results in poor growth, poor development of adult sex characteristics, infertility and other medical problems.

Oct. 10, 2012