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Thalidomide is an antinausea drug that was at one time prescribed for pregnant women for morning sickness. (It is no longer used.) This drug can cause fetal limb reduction (e.g., meromelia, amelia), ear and nasal abnormalities, cardiac defects, lung defects, pyloric or duodenal stenosis, and gastrointestinal atresia.
There are three forms of beriberi dry, wet and cerebral, also known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Dry beriberi is associated with peripheral neurological changes whereas cerebral beriberi involves alterations to ocular function, cognitive function and produces ataxia, which can also be fatal. In addition to neurological changes, wet beriberi is associated with cardiovascular changes characterised by peripheral vasodilation, sodium and water retention, increased cardiac output and myocardial failure, which can advance to become fatal in severe cases. Although alcoholism is the major cause of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, it has also been reported in several other conditions such as hyperemesis gravidarum and hyperemesis due to gastroplasty (Gardian et al 1999, Ogershok et al 2002, Seehra et al 1996, Spruill & Kuller 2002, Tan & Ho 2001, Togay-lsikay et al 2001, Toth & Voll 2001). primary deficiency
The symptoms of pseudocyesis are similar to the symptoms of true pregnancy and are often hard to distinguish from such natural signs of pregnancy as morning sickness, tender breasts, and weight gain. Many health care professionals can be deceived by the symptoms associated with pseudocyesis. Eighteen percent of women with pseudocyesis were at one time diagnosed as pregnant by a medical professional. In some cases, the only difference between pregnancy and pseudocyesis is the presence of a fetus.
Hyperemesis gravidarum refers to unusually prolonged and severe forms of the normal experience of vomiting ('morning sickness') during the early stages of pregnancy. While there may be physical causes, such as multiple pregnancy, psychosocial aspects - especially anxiety - are often prominent.
An example of a tragic teratogen is thalidomide, a medication formerly prescribed for nausea. This medication is perfectly safe for adults, and so it was prescribed for morning sickness to pregnant women in late 1950s and early 1960s. It was only after a spurt of babies were born with deformed limbs that anyone realized that thalidomide is a strong teratogen. It turns out that the teratogenic effect occurs in the very earliest days of pregnancy, when limbs are just developing and when the mother may not even be aware that she is pregnant. It is now thought that thalidomide affects the formation of blood vessels, a critical process in early development. Because of this effect, thalidomide is now being considered for cancer treatment, since tumors also need a good blood supply to grow. Thalidomide was first made in Germany in 1953, and by the late 1950s it was widely used as a sleeping pill by adults and children. It also prevented common morning sickness due to pregnancy and was widely...
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