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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1998 Nov;37(11):659-64.

Blood pressure in children exposed prenatally to cocaine.

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Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA.

Abstract

Prenatal exposure to cocaine may alter autonomic nervous system function resulting in hypertension. Blood pressure was measured oscillometrically in a convenience sample of cocaine-exposed (n = 32) and nonexposed (n = 23) children, aged 8 to 26 months, by examiners unaware of exposure status. The exposed and nonexposed groups did not differ in systolic pressure (mean +/- SD 102.3 +/- 9.9 mmHg vs 119.1 +/- 19.4). Prenatal exposure to cocaine does not appear to be associated with elevated blood pressure in young children.

PMID:
9825209
DOI:
10.1177/000992289803701103
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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