Novel approaches to the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Daniela L. Caprara, Kelly Nash, Rachel Greenbaum, Joanne Rovet, Gideon Koren

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The diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a difficult task, especially in cases where clear, physical markers of in utero alcohol exposure are not apparent. Reviewed in the following paper are some older tools for screening alcohol use in pregnancy and present novel approaches to the diagnosis of FASD, including ethanol biomarker development to behavioural phenotyping. Improving current FASD diagnostic methodology through more novel approaches may provide the possibility of earlier and wider diagnosis, allowing intervention and treatment at stages where the advanced effects of alcohol can still be mitigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-260
Number of pages7
JournalNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavioral phenotyping
  • Diagnosis
  • Fatty acid ethyl esters
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  • Hair and meconium screening
  • T-ACE


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