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Teratology. 1991 Jul;44(1):51-5.

Anencephaly and maternal common cold.

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Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract

To study the risk of anencephaly related to common cold during pregnancy, a case-control study was made. The series comprised 393 Finnish mothers of anencephalic children and their time-area-matched controls in the period 1964 through 1982. Seventy mothers of anencephalic infants and 17 controls had reported common cold in the first trimester [adjusted odds ratio 4.5; 95% confidence interval (2.2-9.1)]. Reported common cold in the second trimester was not associated with anencephaly. As suggested by our previous cohort study in the same population, a true viral influenza resembling "common cold" might not explain the observed association.

PMID:
1957263
DOI:
10.1002/tera.1420440109
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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