Follow-up studies of children with fetal alcohol syndrome

Spohr, H. L. and Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph. (1987) Follow-up studies of children with fetal alcohol syndrome. Neuropediatrics, 18 (1). pp. 13-17.

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Data coming from a prospective multidisciplinary study with repeated examinations of children with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) are reported. These patients underwent pediatric, neurological and psychiatric assessment, EEG-recordings and psychological testing. After a period of 3-4 years various subgroups of these children were re-examined. Follow-up examinations revealed that with increasing age dysmorphic signs became less apparent in children with FAS. Furthermore, neurologic performance improved and EEG-recordings revealed less pathological patterns. These positive findings were confirmed by the observation that these patients also experienced an improvement with regard to psychiatric status and cognitive functions. But it must be stated that the affected children did not become normal in all psychiatric areas. Hyperactivity and distractibility seem to be the major handicap for a normal school career of these children. In general biological maturation seems to be the main factor responsible for the outcome of FAS.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Schneider)
UniBasel Contributors:Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Georg Thieme Verlag
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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