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Rates of fetal alcohol exposure among newborns in a high-risk obstetric unit.
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PMID:  20584588     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Meconium fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) are sensitive and specific biomarkers for prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in pregnancy. We recently reported a 2.5% rate of FAEE positive meconium in a general population sample of infants born in the region of Grey-Bruce, Ontario. Women in this region with high-risk pregnancies are transferred to a tertiary care facility in London, Ontario. The objective of this study was to determine, in a population-based sample, whether high-risk pregnancies are associated with an increased risk of in utero alcohol exposure. Grey-Bruce residents transferred to the high-risk obstetric unit of St. Joseph's Health Care in London, Ontario were identified and consented to this anonymous prevalence study. Meconium was collected and analyzed for FAEE using gas chromatography with mass spectrometry. The prevalence of FAEE positive meconium was compared with the population-based prevalence in the Grey-Bruce. Fifty meconium specimens were collected from August 1, 2006 to July 31, 2007. Fifteen (30%) specimens tested positive for FAEE. The results indicate that infants born in the high-risk obstetric unit had a 12-fold higher risk of screening positive for second and third trimester alcohol exposure compared with infants born in the general population of Grey-Bruce (relative risk=12.04, 95% confidence interval=6.40-22.65, P<.0001). These results suggest that the high-risk pregnancies should be screened for PAE and followed-up for potential diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Y Ingrid Goh; Janine R Hutson; Lisa Lum; Henry Roukema; Joey Gareri; Hazel Lynn; Gideon Koren
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-07-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Alcohol (Fayetteville, N.Y.)     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1873-6823     ISO Abbreviation:  Alcohol     Publication Date:    2010 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8502311     Medline TA:  Alcohol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  629-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Division of Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X8; Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3M2.
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