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VACTERL association

VACTERL association: Introduction

VACTERL association: A rare syndrome characterized by often severe deformities involving the limbs, kidneys, anus, heart, esophagus and spine. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of VACTERL association is available below.

Symptoms of VACTERL association

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VACTERL association: Complications

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Causes of VACTERL association

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Disease Topics Related To VACTERL association

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VACTERL association: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and VACTERL association

Heart attacks can be undiagnosed: Although the most severe symptoms of heart attack are hard to miss, there are varying degrees of severity. It is altogether too common...read more »

Heart attacks can be overdiagnosed: Although many people die from heart attacks, there are also many cases where people fear that they have a heart attack, but...read more »

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be...read more »

Rare heart condition often undiagnosed: The rare heart condition called long QT syndrome can lead to episodes of palpitations and rapid heartbeat. In rare cases, this undiagnosed condition...read more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive system contains a variety of "good" bacteria...read more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but...read more »

Heart attack can be over-diagnosed: Although heart attack is often undiagnosed, leading to fatality, it can also be over-diagnosed. People become concerned that...read more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's ...read more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can,...read more »

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure. The "cuff" around the arm...read more »

Interstitial cystitis an under-diagnosed bladder condition: The medical condition of interstitial cystitic is a bladder condition that can be misdiagnosed as various conditions such as overactive bladder or other causes of pelvic...read more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety of symptoms (see symptoms of celiac disease)...read more »

Hypertension misdiagnosis common in children: Hypertension is often misdiagnosed in adults (see misdiagnosis of hypertension), but its...read more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, ...read more »

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VACTERL association: Rare Types

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for VACTERL association

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Definitions of VACTERL association:

Originally reported as VATER association, the syndrome consists of an association of vertebral abnormalities, anal atresia, cardiovascular defects, tracheoesophageal fistula, esophageal atresia, renal agenesis or dysplasia, and limb abnormalities. Additional abnormalities later observed in VATER patients include vertebral anomalies, and spondylocostal dysplasia, and intestinal, cardiac, renal, and respiratory malformations, leading to expansion of the acronym to VACERL association. Central nervous system malformations and mental retardation were noted in a small number of cases. The acronyms emphasize only the most frequently malformations and a wide variety of other defects affecting most parts of the body may be associated. See also VACTERL association with hydrocephalus syndrome. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list VACTERL association as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

 

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