Our body’s own instruction manual, genes explain our past and influence our future. We are all born with a blueprint, but is it always genetic? Today’s factoid uncouples two frequently confused terms, Congenital & Genetic.
A congenital condition is ANY condition that is present at or before birth and may result from genetic factors, environmental factors, or a combination of both. With improved scanning techniques, many of these problems are now picked up while the baby is still in the womb.
A genetic condition is ANY condition that results from an abnormality in a person’s DNA or genome. This can be inherited or occur spontaneously.
Many congenital conditions have a genetic basis. They may not be diagnosed at birth but have been present throughout a person's life.