The fetal alcohol syndrome in adolescence


HL Spohr, Department of Pediatrics, Rittberg Hospital of the German Red Cross, Carstennstraβe 58, 1000 Berlin 45, FRG


At present, alcohol is recognized as the leading teratogenic agent in long-lasting CNS dysfunction. Little is known about the long-term development and outcome of children with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Forty-four FAS patients who were diagnosed in early childhood were followed up for 10–14 years. This study documents the developmental changes of the manifestations of FAS from childhood to adolescence and describes a characteristic “juvenile” pattern of FAS, which may help to identify this syndrome even in adolescence. This is especially relevant for patients who were not diagnosed earlier.