Medical Dictionary: Foetal alcohol syndrome


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Foetal alcohol syndrome: Another name for Fetal alcohol syndrome.
Foetal alcohol syndrome (condition): Birth defects from maternal alcohol overuse.

Foetal alcohol syndrome: Alcohol can cause a range of birth defects, the most serious being fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Children born with alcohol-related birth defects can have lifelong learning and behavior problems. Those born with FAS have physical abnormalities, mental impairment, and behavior problems. Because scientists do not know exactly how much alcohol it takes to cause alcohol-related birth defects, it is best not to drink any alcohol during this time. 1

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1. excerpt from Alcohol What You Don't Know Can Harm You: NIAAA

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