Does Smoking During Pregnancy Alter Brain Perfusion in the Neonate? A Doppler Study
Cerebral blood flow velocities (CBFVs) were significantly higher in 41 infants of smoking mothers compared to 59 control infants although gestational age, birth weight, and systolic blood pressure were lower in infants exposed to smoke prenatally. We speculate that increased CBFVs in these neonates are due to disturbed prostanoid synthesis.
KeywordsNicotine Carbon Monoxide Smoke Catecholamine Nash
Cerebral blood flow velocity
Arterial blood pressure
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