Opioids related to birth defects in babies born with intestines hanging out of their bodies



Opioids related to birth defects: CDC blames prescription drugs for the increase in babies born with bowels hanging out of their bodies

  • Each year there are approximately 1,800 cases of this type in the US. UU., But the number has increased and officials do not know why.
  • Now, the CDC believes that there could be a link with the opioids taken by the mother
  • Cases were 60% more likely in the areas that had the highest opioid prescription rates in general

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Associated Press


Published:
1:56 PM EST, January 17, 2019

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Updated:
2:33 PM EST, January 17, 2019

Health officials are looking for a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrible birth defect.

When a baby is born with its intestines hanging out of the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall, it is called gastroschisis. Most are repaired by surgery.

Approximately 1,800 of these cases are seen in the US UU Every year, but the number has increased and officials do not know why.

Researchers have noted that the condition seems to occur more frequently when the mother is a teenager or was smoking or drinking alcohol early in pregnancy.

But a study published on Thursday reported that cases were 60 percent more common in counties that had the highest opioid prescription rates in general.

Gastroschisis is when a baby is born with its intestines hanging out of the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall

Gastroschisis is when a baby is born with its intestines hanging out of the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall

Gastroschisis is when a baby is born with its intestines hanging out of the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall

The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on 20 states.

The study did not determine whether each mother had been taking opioids, and does not say that opioids have caused birth defects.

But it echoes previous research that found an increased risk of birth defects when mothers took opioid badgesics such as oxycodone just before or early in pregnancy.

Also on Thursday, the director of the CDC and two other officials of the agency wrote a comment in the Pediatrics magazine urging to study more about the possible connection between opioids and birth defects.

"The report sounds an early alarm because of the need to increase our public health surveillance across the full range of fetal, infant and child outcomes potentially related to these exposures," wrote the Director of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield and his two co-authors

Approximately 1,800 cases of gastroschisis are seen in the US UU Every year, but the number has increased and officials do not know why. Now, the CDC believes that there could be a link with the opioids taken by the mother

Approximately 1,800 cases of gastroschisis are seen in the US UU Every year, but the number has increased and officials do not know why. Now, the CDC believes that there could be a link with the opioids taken by the mother

Approximately 1,800 cases of gastroschisis are seen in the US UU Every year, but the number has increased and officials do not know why. Now, the CDC believes that there could be a link with the opioids taken by the mother

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