Corticosteroid concentrations were measured in the umbilical cord blood of 18 infants of heroin-addicted mothers and 15 normal control infants, all born by normal vaginal delivery. In addition, maternal concentrations were measured in 17 addicted mothers and 12 normal control subjects at the time of delivery. While fetal concentrations were approximately equal in both groups, addicted mothers had significantly lower blood corticosteroid concentrations than nonaddicted mothers.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Obstetrics and Gynecology