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Acta Paediatr Suppl. 1994 Nov;404:19-26.

The fetal alcohol syndrome in adolescence.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Rittberg Hospital of the German Red Cross, Berlin.


At present, alcohol is recognized as the leading teratogenic agent in long-lasting CNS dysfunction. Little is known about the long-term development and outcome of children with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Forty-four FAS patients who were diagnosed in early childhood were followed up for 10-14 years. This study documents the developmental changes of the manifestations of FAS from childhood to adolescence and describes a characteristic "juvenile" pattern of FAS, which may help to identify this syndrome even in adolescence. This is especially relevant for patients who were not diagnosed earlier.

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