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[Gamma-glutamyltransferase in maternal serum and prenatal screening for the fetal alcohol syndrome].

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Sozial- und Präventivmedizin
Publication Date
Volume
29
Issue
4-5
Pages
209–210
Identifiers
PMID: 6148820
Source
Medline
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Abstract

In order to investigate prospectively in pregnant women a correlation between serum levels of a biological marker of alcohol and the clinical status of the newborn, we measured the gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) in 630 women between 14 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. In 7% of the cases, an elevated value was observed while history confirmed alcohol consumption in only 1%. Preliminary statistical analysis established upon the blind examination of 308 newborns show a correlation between maternal GGT levels and birthweight as well as the pre- and perinatal complications. However, the sensitivity of this test is weak.

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