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Q:I keep reading about FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME (FAS) and physical stigmata. Can you be specific as to what they are?
 

A:The Research Society on Alcoholism has specified the minimal criteria for FAS as abnormality in each of the following general categories:

  • Growth retardation (weight, length and head circumference below 10th percentile).
  • Central nervous system involvement (signs of neurological abnormality, developmental delays, intellectual impairment).
  • Characteristic facial dysmorphology (microcephaly, that is unnatural smallness of the head, small eye opening, low nasal bridge, flat midface, abnormal smallness of lower jaw, thin upper lip, indistinct groove on upper lip).
 

 

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