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Unformatted text preview: Minor Physical Anomalies What are they?- Minor Physical Anomalies (MPAs) are historically referred to as ‘subtle abnormalities in the shape of a person’s ears, tongue, teeth, etc. o And are linked to an increased risk in behavioural and psychiatric problems’ - MPAs are considered indicators of disruption in fetal development- Considered to be a ‘congenital disorder’ this is a medical condition at birth- A congenital disorder can be recognized before birth (prenatally), at birth, or many years later- Congenital disorders can be a result of genetic abnormalities, the intrauterine environment, or unknown factors. A congenital condition can arise from the genetic make-up of the fertilized egg or can be acquired at any time during fetal development. The causes of many congenital disorders are not known.- Congenital disorders include minor physical anomalies (e.g. a birthmark), severe malformations of single systems (congenital heart disease or Amelia of the legs), and combinations of abnormalities affecting several parts of the body’...
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course CRIM 1001 taught by Professor Stoetzer during the Winter '08 term at Fanshawe.
- Winter '08