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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

McQueen, Karen; Murphy-Oikonen, Jodie

Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey: April 2017 - Volume 72 - Issue 4 - p 209–210
doi: 10.1097/OGX.0000000000000436
Obstetrics: Newborn Medicine

(Abstracted from N Engl J Med 2016;375:2468–2479)

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a postnatal opioid withdrawal syndrome occurring in 55% to 94% of newborns whose mothers were addicted to or treated with opioids while pregnant. A lack of clarity and consistency regarding the definition, measurement, and management of the syndrome still exists.

Lakehead University Schools of Nursing (K.M.) and Social Work (J.M.-O.), Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Topics: opioid, neonatal abstinence syndrome, withdrawal syndrome.

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