Researchers Identify Potential Infant Fentanyl Syndrome After Studying 10 Babies
Last Updated: Friday December 15, 2023
(USA Today) A new study has identified a potential new syndrome in babies whose mothers used fentanyl while they were pregnant.
Doctors have identified 10 babies who were born with congenital disabilities and whose mothers used street drugs, including fentanyl, during pregnancy, according to the study by Nemours Children's Health in Wilmington, Delaware.
"This novel syndrome is clinically recognizable," the study's authors wrote. "The striking findings in these individuals allowed for the recognition of this novel syndrome."
Researchers identified key recognizable traits the babies have in common, including small heads, genital abnormalities, cleft palates and clubfoot, among others. They also observed webbing between toes, and short and broad thumbs.