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Teratologic evaluation of 178 infants born to mothers who attempted suicide by drugs during pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9241292     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To identify the teratogenic risk of large doses of various drugs taken by women in attempting suicide. METHODS: This population-based, prospective, epidemiologic study involved 559 women with pregnancy verified by a serum pregnancy test who were admitted to the toxicologic inpatient clinic in Budapest responsible for providing health services to chemically poisoned individuals from a population of 3 million. Each self-poisoned woman was matched for age and gestational age with a control selected from among participants in periconceptional care. RESULTS: Two of 559 self-poisoned pregnant women died. One hundred seventy-eight infants born to mothers who poisoned themselves during pregnancy either were examined personally or had appropriate medical data available. After excluding eight infants with fetal alcohol syndrome born to heavy-drinking mothers, the rate of congenital abnormalities in study infants (9.0%) did not significantly exceed the rate of control infants (6.1%). Thus, no teratogenic effect of drugs used for self-poisoning could be identified, even though large doses of drugs were used in 27 cases between the 3rd and 8th weeks of fetal development. This sample was not large enough to evaluate single drugs separately. CONCLUSION: Drugs taken by women in attempting suicide do not seem to pose a risk for structural birth defects in the offspring.
A E Czeizel; M Tomcsik; L Tímár
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  90     ISSN:  0029-7844     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  1997 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-09-04     Completed Date:  1997-09-04     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  195-201     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Human Genetics and Teratology, National Institute of Public Health-WHO Collaborating Centre for the Community Control of Hereditary Diseases, Budapest, Hungary.
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MeSH Terms
Abnormalities, Drug-Induced / epidemiology*,  etiology
Abnormalities, Multiple / chemically induced,  epidemiology
Case-Control Studies
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome / epidemiology
Hungary / epidemiology
Infant, Newborn
Poisoning / complications*
Pregnancy Complications / psychology
Prospective Studies
Risk Factors
Suicide, Attempted*

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