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Agenesis - Definition



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Agenesis is the absence, either partial or complete, of an organ or a tissue of an organism. During the process of the organism's formation (embryogenesis), the concerned tissue does not develop normally. Agenesis can affect different areas of the body. For example, agenesis of the digits leads to a missing hand or foot at birth, agenesis of the kidney, which is more freqent, leads to the absence of one of the two kidneys, etc. Agenesis can be diagnosed by an ultrasound, then confirmed after birth. According to the handicap caused by the malformation, orthopedic treatments may be established, as well as care in a specialized center.
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