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What does current research show regarding Cytotec and birth defects?

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Posted on Mon, 31 Dec 2018
Question: What does current research show regarding Cytotec and birth defects? My daughter was prescribed Cytotec by her OBGYN at 6 weeks due to "blighted ovum" which upon her check up they discovered a living baby! She is devastated thinking Cytotec causes birth defects. Some threads/research shows sever birth defects can occur, while other threads say "This medication cannot affect the growth or development of your baby". Please help, what is the real answer?
                                                       
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Answered by Dr. Olgeta Xhufka (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Increased risk of malformations still very low.

Detailed Answer:
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I read your query and here is my advice.


The risk of baby malformations after using cytotec is a bit increased but still is small as 1 to 1000 cases.
Your daughter should follow the prenatal screening examinations in different stages of fetal development to have a better check on the possibility of malformations on baby.
I don't think she should worry too much.
It has nearly the same probability as down syndrome to happen.

Hope I have answered the question.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
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What does current research show regarding Cytotec and birth defects?

Brief Answer: Increased risk of malformations still very low. Detailed Answer: Hello dear, welcome to Ask a doctor service. I read your query and here is my advice. The risk of baby malformations after using cytotec is a bit increased but still is small as 1 to 1000 cases. Your daughter should follow the prenatal screening examinations in different stages of fetal development to have a better check on the possibility of malformations on baby. I don't think she should worry too much. It has nearly the same probability as down syndrome to happen. Hope I have answered the question. Let me know if I can assist you further.