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Cocaine, fetal loss, and the role of the forensic pathologist.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1856654     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Adverse obstetrical outcomes are often associated with maternal cocaine use. These have included intrauterine growth retardation, abruptio placentae, and an increased incidence of spontaneous abortion and pre-term labor. This report details the case of an 18-week-gestation fetus recovered from a sewage treatment plant. A brain specimen was positive for cocaine. With the present epidemic of cocaine abuse, it is important for the forensic pathologist to seek toxicologic evidence of cocaine in all suspicious fetal and neonatal deaths.
K B Nolte
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  1991 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-08-28     Completed Date:  1991-08-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  926-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Connecticut, Farmington.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Chemistry
Cocaine* / analysis
Fetal Death / chemically induced*
Gestational Age
Infant, Newborn
Pregnancy Complications*
Substance-Related Disorders / complications*
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