Congenital Disorders Sourcebook, 3rd Ed.

Health Reference Series

Congenital Disorders Sourcebook, 3rd Ed.

Web Price: $85.00

According to the March of Dimes, 120,000 babies—one in 33—are born each year with a birth defect. In fact, birth defects are the leading cause of death in the first year of life, but recent medical advances have enabled doctors to diagnose and treat some birth defects before birth, giving affected children a much greater chance at survival. In addition, advances in understanding the causes of birth defects allow prospective parents to take steps to minimize the chance that an infant will be born with these types of disorders.

Congenital Disorders Sourcebook, 3rd Edition describes the most common types of nonhereditary birth defects and disorders related to premature birth, gestational injuries, prenatal and perinatal infections, maternal health conditions during pregnancy, and birth complications. Causes, prevention strategies, and diagnostic tests are explained, and innovative treatment strategies, including fetal surgery, are described.

The book is organized in the broad subject areas detailed below. Please see the Table of Contents for a more complete understanding of the comprehensive coverage offered in Congenital Disorders Sourcebook, 3rd Edition.

Part I: Prenatal Concerns and Preventing Birth Defects details the most common risk factors for congenital disorders, including medications, environmental elements, and infectious diseases and other maternal health conditions. Disorders of the amniotic fluid, placenta, and umbilical cord are also discussed. Information is included on steps that can be taken to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Part II: Prematurity and Other Birth Complications provides basic information about complications that can affect premature infants. It also addresses the most common health concerns with twins and other multiple births; and describes the types of infections that can be passed from mother to infant at birth.

Part III: Structural Abnormalities and Functional Impairments offers detailed information about the most common types of physical defects, including spina bifida, cerebral palsy, craniofacial and musculoskeletal defects, and defects of the brain, heart, kidney, liver, pancreas, reproductive organs, gastrointestinal tract, and urinary tract. The causes, symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment techniques used with each disorder are described, and information is given about research advances.

Part IV: Additional Help and Information includes a glossary of terms and a directory of relevant resources.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts


"An excellent, nontechnical overview of many aspects of pregnancy with the focus, as indicated, on congenital disorders."

—ARBAonline, 2013