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Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on the Developing Kidneys

Author(s): Farahnak Assadi

Journal: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
ISSN 2008-2142

Volume: 18;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Renal tubular dysfunction | Structural renal abnormalities | Fetal alcohol syndrome

Objective: Clinical and experimental studies strongly suggest that prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with zinc deficiency and impaired renal tubular function. Whether maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy causes renal tubular cell injury is unknown.Material & Methods: Renal function was studied in 8 infants with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and 8 healthy age-matched infants. Renal function and structure were also examined in 11 offspring of rats exposed to alcohol during gestation.Findings: Infants with FAS had limited ability to concentrate urine after water restriction (P
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