DÄ internationalArchive1-2/2009Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Their Persisting Sequelae in Adult Life: In reply

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Their Persisting Sequelae in Adult Life: In reply

Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009; 106(1-2): 10. DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2009.0010c

Spohr, H

LNSLNS The correspondence from Baschek, Steinert, and Hildebrant adds important aspects to our review. Their point—that in addition to neonatal screening in babies with FASD, acoustically evoked potentials should be measured and the maturation of the auditory pathway in suspicious findings should be controlled until at least the 18th month of life—is extremely important because where the suspected diagnosis is FASD, it is necessary to consider such control examinations from ENT specialists.

Church and Kaltenbach (1) point out that four typical hearing defects are associated with FASD: the developmental delay in auditory maturation that is mentioned in the correspondence, sensorineural hearing loss, intermittent hearing loss as a result of bouts of recurrent otitis, and central hearing loss.
DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2009.0010c

Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Ludwig Spohr
Neuropädiatrie- und Epilepsie-Ambulanz
Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin
DRK Kliniken Berlin, Westend
Spandauer Damm 130, 14050 Berlin, Germany
h.spohr@drk-kliniken-westend.de
Conflict of interest statement
The authors of all letters and of the reply declare that no conflict of interest exists according to the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
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Church MW, Kaltenbach JA: Hearing, speech, language, and vestibular disorders in the fetal alcohol syndrome: a literature review. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 1997; 21: 495–512. MEDLINE
1. Church MW, Kaltenbach JA: Hearing, speech, language, and vestibular disorders in the fetal alcohol syndrome: a literature review. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 1997; 21: 495–512. MEDLINE