Common Birth Defects

About 14 categories of birth defects are quite common.

The three leading categories of birth defects are structural/metabolic, congenital infections, and genetic conditions.

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Congenital heart defects are common birth defects

Heart defects are among the most common birth defects. Each year, about 25,000 babies are born with heart defects.

Vascular Malformations and Hemangiomas

What is a hemangioma?

A hemangioma is a type of birthmark. It is the most common benign (non-cancerous) tumor of the skin. Hemangiomas may be present at birth (faint red mark) or may appear in the first months after birth. A hemangioma is also known as a port wine stain, strawberry hemangioma, and salmon patch.