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Fatal double aortic arch anomaly and maternal cocaine abuse.
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PMID:  12689539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report a case of 2 months old female (born to a cocaine abuser mother) having respiratory dysfunction attributed to pneumonia. Autopsy, following a sudden, unexpected death, revealed a double aortic arch which was compressing the trachea and the esophagus. Health care professionals should conduct a detailed cardiac assessment on all cocaine-exposed infants at the time of birth and during infancy. Double aortic arch should be considered as a possible complication of intrauterine cocaine exposure and may present as sudden death.
M Nasir Afzal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1022-386X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Coll Physicians Surg Pak     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-11     Completed Date:  2003-06-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9606447     Medline TA:  J Coll Physicians Surg Pak     Country:  Pakistan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  166-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Basic Health Sciences, Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan.
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MeSH Terms
Aorta, Thoracic / abnormalities*
Cocaine-Related Disorders / complications*
Heart Defects, Congenital / diagnosis,  etiology*
Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects*
Risk Assessment
Sudden Infant Death*

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