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Methamphetamine exposure, iron deficiency, and implications for cognitive-communicative function: A case study

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Goldberg, LR and Heiss, CJ and White, L and Kaf, WA and Becker, A and Schindler, JB and Dion, N and Oswalt, JL, Methamphetamine exposure, iron deficiency, and implications for cognitive-communicative function: A case study, Communication Disorders Quarterly, 31, (3) pp. 183-192. ISSN 1525-7401 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 SAGE Publications

DOI: doi:10.1177/1525740109340437

Abstract

Methamphetamine (meth) exposure during fetal development has the potential to adversely affect the development of multiple organ systems. An interdisciplinary case study of a 4-year 11-month-old child born to a mother addicted to meth revealed significant cognitive and communicative delays. Possible meth-related consequences for these delays included stroke in utero with associated hemiparesis and epilepsy, congenital eye dysfunction, recurrent middle ear infections, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), social adjustment problems, and parental neglect. An important additional finding was the child's nondietary iron deficiency anemia, which could contribute to or compound meth-related behavioral problems. The influence of chronic iron deficiency anemia on cognitive-communicative function speaks to the importance of including dietitians in the interdisciplinary team assessment of children exposed to meth.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Methamphetamine exposure, case study, cognitive function
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health Education and Promotion
Author:Goldberg, LR (Dr Lyn Goldberg)
ID Code:95567
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-10-03
Last Modified:2014-11-12
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