GROWTH PATTERNS OF CHILDREN OF MOTHERS WITH EPILEPSY
The extent to which antiepileptic drugs (AED) in utero exposure are related to prenatal and postnatal growth is investigated in an retrospective, cohort study of children of AED treated mothers with epilepsy (N = 89) and children of women without epilepsy (N = 89). The study groups were obtained from a population based health care facility. Major finding was that birth head circumference of AED exposed children are significantly smaller than control children, notably male children. Other findings include birth length and weight of exposed children was slightly but not significantly smaller. Postnatal growth as measured by two velocity terms, rate of growth, and deceleration, was not significantly different between exposed and control children for height, weight, and head circumference, indicating no catch up growth. Morphologic defects, neonatal and infant mortality was more frequent in exposed children. Mothers with epilepsy reported significantly fewer spontaneous abortions.
ROBERTSON, DOLORES LEISE, "GROWTH PATTERNS OF CHILDREN OF MOTHERS WITH EPILEPSY" (1984). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI8505181.