Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a serious public health concern in the United States. Fetal alcohol syndrome is now the leading cause of mental retardation. However, the range of disability resulting from Fetal alcohol syndrome is quite broad. Individuals with FAS who have normal intelligence often have difficulties with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD), behavioral problems, and neurologic problems. Children at risk for FAS are evaluated in genetics clinics in order to determine if they have the diagnosis and to make recommendations for treatment. The Genetics Division is currently seeking funding for a comprehensive program to serve these children and to prevent the secondary disabilities of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
To make an appointment for a diagnostic evaluation for FAS in the University of Nevada School of Medicine genetics clinic, call Marisol Gregorio, clinic coordinator at 671-2200.