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Thornton, Lelia and Clune, M and Maguire, Richard and Griffin, E and O'Connor, JJ (1990) Narcotic addiction: the expectant mother and her baby. Irish Medical Journal , 83 , (4) , pp. 139-142.

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In a retrospective study of the period 1982-1985, the records of 29 narcotic-addicted mothers and their 42 babies were reviewed. All mothers were from socially deprived backgrounds, had a poor record of ante-natal attendance and had frequent admissions to hospital. Thirteen mothers had a past history of hepatitis B and four were HBsAg positive. The babies had significantly lower mean gestational age and mean birth weight than the control group. Features of withdrawal were recorded in 84% of babies where a history was available. A high incidence of twins (10.5%) was also observed. Testing for HIV antibody in more recent cases has revealed positive results in seven mothers and three babies; one infant has since died from acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

Item Type:Article
Date:December 1990
Page Range:pp. 139-142
Publisher:Irish Medical Organisation
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Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Mother
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Pregnancy
T Demographic characteristics > Child of person who uses substances
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Developmental disorder

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