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How is fetal alcohol syndrome diagnosed?

There is no single test for fetal alcohol syndrome. A diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome will be made by the severity of symptoms, including: The distinctive facial features; Brain abnormality or mental problems, and; Growth deficits. If the condition is diagnosed early on in the child's life, early intervention strategies can be used to better effect. Brain imaging tests - recently several kinds of brain imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans are being used to identify and classify defects in the brains of people with fetal alcohol syndrome.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 12 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Down syndrome

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