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Congenital malformations in aborigines and non-aborigines in Western Australia, 1980-1987.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2770601     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A comparison of congenital malformations in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in Western Australia has been made by means of data from the WA Congenital Malformations Registry, for births from 1980 to 1987 inclusive. Although the birth prevalence of all malformations was 3.5% for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal infants, significant differences were found in the birth prevalence of some individual malformations. Nervous-system and cardiovascular defects, and cleft lip and palate were significantly more prevalent in Aborigines, and pyloric stenosis and urogenital defects were significantly less prevalent. While some of the observed differences may have been a result of biases in ascertainment, others are likely to represent true differences. A discussion of Aboriginal beliefs concerning conception and birth is included, in order that the quantitative findings from the study might be considered in an appropriate cultural setting.
C Bower; R Forbes; M Seward; F Stanley
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  151     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  1989 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-10-03     Completed Date:  1989-10-03     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
WA Congenital Malformations Registry, Health Department of Western Australia, East Perth.
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MeSH Terms
Congenital Abnormalities / epidemiology,  ethnology*
European Continental Ancestry Group*
Infant, Newborn
Medicine, Traditional
Oceanic Ancestry Group*
Western Australia

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