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Birth & Genetic Disorders Center

Some conditions involve physical abnormalities alone, such as dwarfism or a cleft lip and palate. Others may involve mental or developmental problems (e.g., mental retardation). Still others will involve a combination of physical and mental abnormalities. Scoliosis may be present from birth or occur in conjunction with other defects or conditions. This abnormal curvature of the spine is most often discovered in older children and has no known cause.

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