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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2014 December;173(12):635-43

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language: Italian

Management and complications of pregnancy in the drug-addicted woman

Barbera N. 1, Romano G. 1, D’Agati S. 1, Torrisi A. 1, Coco L. 2, D’Agati A. 2

1 Dipartimento “G. F. Ingrassia”, Laboratorio di Tossicologia Forense, Università degli Studi di Catania, Catania, Italia; 2 Istituto di Patologia Ostetrica e Ginecologica Ospedale Santo Bambino, Università degli Studi di Catania, Catania, Italia


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Drugs addiction is a phenomenon that has shown a significant increase in recent years. Equally on the rise, are pregnancies that occur in women drug addicts; situations, these high risk. The drugs are capable of altering the condition paraphysiological of gestation and the normal development of the fetus. The damage can be caused at any time of pregnancy and are related both to the substance used (so that the structure is capable of altering) as to the amount of doses taken. Were made to the Guidelines for the assumption and management of this particular type of user . In them, it outlines the fundamental importance of the structuring of a “network services “ integrated and the need to acquire a common language between all stakeholders in the management of pregnancy. In Catania, SerT denouncing the impossibility of proceeding with these Guidelines is the lack of users especially women both to the lack of language sharing between operators. There is a clear need to raise awareness as much users as operators creating a connection point between the need and assistance.

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