Fetal alcohol syndrome: implications to family and society in Australia

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  • IAN R. WALPOLE FRACP,

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    1. Department of Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
      Dr. I. R. Walpole, department of Child Health, University of Western Australia, Box D. 184, G. P. O. Perth, W. A. 6001.
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      Lecturer In Child Health, University of Western Australia.

  • ATHEL HOCKEY MD

    1. Department of Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
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      Senior Medical Officer, Mental Health Services, Division for the Intellectually Handicapped, Irrabeena, West Perth.


Dr. I. R. Walpole, department of Child Health, University of Western Australia, Box D. 184, G. P. O. Perth, W. A. 6001.

Abstract

Aspects of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) not previously emphasized are illustrated by seven new cases, two of whom are aboriginal patients. The diagnostic and social importance of seeking further affected family members, and the influence of associated adverse factors are discussed. The concept of a critical period In gestation, or “binge” susceptibility of the fetus and a spectrum of FAS presentations are described.

An increasing prevalence of FAS may be expected with current alcohol consumption trends In Australian females.

A possible plan of management of “at-risk” mothers is briefly outlined.

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