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    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    Important
    It is possible that the main title of the report Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

    Synonyms

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a characteristic pattern of mental and physical birth defects that results due to maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy. The range and severity of associated abnormalities may vary greatly from case to case. However, characteristic features may include growth delays before and after birth (prenatal and postnatal growth retardation); malformations of the skull and facial (craniofacial) region; brain abnormalities; and/or additional physical findings. FAS may also be associated with varying degrees of mental retardation, learning abnormalities, and/or behavioral problems that, in some cases, may occur in the absence of obvious physical abnormalities.

    Resources

    National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    1200 Eton Court, NW
    Third Floor
    Washington, DC 20007
    Tel: (202)785-4585
    Fax: (202)466-6456
    Tel: (800)666-6327
    Email: information@nofas.org
    Internet: http://www.nofas.org

    The Arc
    1825 K Street NW, Suite 1200
    Washington, DC 20006
    Tel: (202)534-3700
    Fax: (202)534-3731
    Tel: (800)433-5255
    TDD: (817)277-0553
    Email: info@thearc.org
    Internet: http://www.thearc.org

    Wisconsin Treatment Outreach Project
    Univ of WI School of Medicine & Public Health
    Dept of Family Medicine,
    1100 Delaplaine Court
    Madison, WI 53715
    Tel: (608)261-1419
    Fax: (608)263-5813
    Tel: (800)462-5254
    Email: WTOP@fammed.wisc.edu
    Internet: http://pregnancyandalcohol.org/index.asp?menuID=137&firstlevelmenuID=141

    National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
    1211 Chestnut Street
    Suite 1207
    Philadelphia, PA 19107-6312
    USA
    Tel: (215)751-1810
    Fax: (215)636-6312
    Tel: (800)553-4539
    Email: info@mhselfhelp.org
    Internet: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

    Mental Health America
    2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor
    Alexandria, VA 22314-2971
    USA
    Tel: (703)684-7722
    Fax: (703)684-5968
    Tel: (800)969-6642
    TDD: (800)433-5959
    Email: infoctr@mentalhealthamerica.net
    Internet: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

    National Alliance on Mental Illness
    3803 N. Fairfax Drive
    Suite 100
    Arlington, VA 22203-
    Tel: (703)524-7600
    Fax: (703)524-9094
    Tel: (800)999-6264
    TDD: (703)516-7227
    Email: membership@nami.org
    Internet: http://www.nami.org

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30333
    Tel: (404)639-3534
    Tel: (800)232-4636
    TDD: (888)232-6348
    Email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
    Internet: http://www.cdc.gov/

    NIH/Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    5635 Fishers Lane
    MSC 9304
    Bethesda, MD 20892-9304
    Tel: (301)443-3860
    Fax: (301)443-7043
    Email: niaaaweb-r@exchange.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/

    NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
    Health Science Writing, Press and Dissemination Branch
    6001 Executive Boulevard
    Room 8184, MSC 9663
    Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
    Tel: (301)443-4513
    Fax: (301)443-4279
    Tel: (866)615-6464
    TDD: (301)443-8431
    Email: nimhinfo@nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Madisons Foundation
    PO Box 241956
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Tel: (310)264-0826
    Fax: (310)264-4766
    Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
    Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

    Perkins School for the Blind
    175 North Beacon Street
    Watertown, MA 02472
    Tel: (617)924-3434
    Fax: (617)926-2027
    Email: Info@Perkins.org
    Internet: http://www.Perkins.org

    National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
    The Teaching Research Institute
    345 N. Monmouth Avenue
    Monmouth, OR 97361
    Tel: (800)438-9376
    Fax: (503)838-8150
    Tel: (800)438-9376
    TDD: (800)854-7013
    Email: info@nationaldb.org
    Internet: http://www.nationaldb.org

    Medical Home Portal
    Dept. of Pediatrics
    University of Utah
    P.O. Box 581289
    Salt Lake City, UT 84158
    Tel: (801)587-9978
    Fax: (801)581-3899
    Email: mindy.tueller@utah.edu
    Internet: http://www.medicalhomeportal.org

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 5/11/2009
    Copyright 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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