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Glossary for Rubella congenital syndrome

  • Cataracts: Cloudy areas on the eye's cornea interfering with vision.
  • Cerebral Palsy: Any brain disorder causing movement disability
  • Cleft palate: Birth defect of lip and mouth.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Congenital conditions: Any condition that you are born with such as birth defects or genetic diseases.
  • Fetal health conditions: Medical conditions affecting the health of a fetus while inside the pregnant mother.
  • Inguinal hernia: Protrusion of the intestines out of the groin area.
  • Intrauterine Growth Retardation: Slowly growing fetus in the womb during pregnancy
  • Low birth weight: When the weight of a new born baby is below average
  • Mental retardation: A very rare syndrome characterized mainly by mental retardation, hypogonadism, diabetes and facial and skull abnormalities.
  • Microcephaly: Small head circumference
  • Neonatal Jaundice: Common skin yellowing jaundice in newborn babies.
  • Optic nerve disorder: Any condition which impairs the function of the optic nerve. Examples of such conditions includes glaucoma, optic nerve inflammation and impaired blood supply to the optic nerve.
  • Pregnancy-related conditions: Any condition that is related to or caused by pregnancy
  • Rubella: A contagious viral infection caused by the Rubella virus which produces a rash and lymph node swelling. It can have serious implication in pregnant women as the virus can be transmitted through the placenta and cause serious fetal defects or even fetal death.
  • Sensorineural hearing loss: Hearing loss due to abnormal functioning or damage to the hearing nerve or the cochlea (inner ear) or the part of the brain that processes sound. The hearing problem may be present at birth or may be acquired through such things as aging, excessive noise or diseases such as meningitis.
  • Thrombocytopenia: Decreased platelets in the blood
  • Viral diseases: Any disease that is caused by a virus

 

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