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Pregnancy Complicated by Opiate Addiction and Fetal Growth Restriction

Helmbrecht, Gary D. MD; Lewis, Kerry M. MD; Ebert, Allen DO, FASAM

Journal of Addiction Medicine: March 2008 - Volume 2 - Issue 1 - p 17-21
doi: 10.1097/ADM.0b013e31815ec250
Clinical Case Conference

This case describes recovery of fetal growth restriction in utero after treatment for opiate addiction with the long-acting agent methadone. It is followed by discussions by an addiction medicine specialist followed by a maternal-fetal medicine specialist.

From The Prenatal Diagnosis Center (GDH), Charlottesville, VA; Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine (KM), Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC; and Director (AE), Addiction Medicine Genesys Regional Medical Center, Flint, MI.

Received September 14, 2007; revised October 13, 2007; accepted October 15, 2007.

Send correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Gary D. Helmbrecht, The Prenatal Diagnosis Center, 600 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 190, Charlottesville, VA 22911. e-mail:

© 2008 American Society of Addiction Medicine