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Boletín médico del Hospital Infantil de México

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SALINAS-TORRES, Víctor Michael et al. Transverse meromelia in all four limbs with characteristic facie associated with cocaine abuse in the first trimester of pregnancy. Bol. Med. Hosp. Infant. Mex. [online]. 2012, vol.69, n.1, pp.50-55. ISSN 1665-1146.

Background. The epidemiological and demographic transition in Mexico demonstrates the frequency of health-related conditions related to illegal drug use in women of childbearing age. Maternal abuse of cocaine during pregnancy is associated with teratogenic effects in the embryo affecting chiefly brain, heart, urogenital tract and extremities, with serious consequences affecting function and/or quality of life of the newborns. Case report. We present the case of a 3-day-old male who presented transverse meromelia in all four limbs with characteristic facie. Parents reported consumption of cocaine. The mother reported consuming cocaine prior to and during the first trimester of pregnancy and self-report was verified along with toxicological urine testing. Conclusions. Studies associated with consumption of teratogenic agents are important to carry out in order to expand scientific knowledge and to establish measures of prevention and treatment of these pathologies.

Palavras-chave : cocaine; drugs; pregnancy; meromelia; characteristic facie.

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