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Fetal alcohol syndrome: a case report of neuropsychological, MRI and EEG assessment of two children.

  • Author(s): Mattson, SN
  • Riley, EP
  • Jernigan, TL
  • Ehlers, CL
  • Delis, DC
  • Jones, KL
  • Stern, C
  • Johnson, KA
  • Hesselink, JR
  • Bellugi, U
  • et al.

Neuropsychological, neuroanatomical, and electrophysiological data are presented on two subjects with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Both boys had intelligence quotients in the mentally deficient range and were found to have several other severe, specific deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging showed abnormalities of the corpus callosum, and reductions in the size of the basal ganglia and thalamic structures. No focal abnormalities were noted in the electroencephalogram records, although the electroencephalograms of both boys were moderately abnormal for their age group. A multidisciplinary approach to the study of FAS, hopefully will lead to a more unified concept of the disorder and perhaps indicate specific areas of vulnerability.

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