THE WAY WOMEN PERCEIVE TERATOGENIC RISK

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Gideon Koren

Keywords

TERATOGENIC RISK, WOMEN

Abstract

Because of increased anxieties of drug-induced congenital    malformations,    women    and physician  alike  fear  drug  therapy  in  pregnancy even  in  life-threatening  situations.  The  goal  of counseling women on their teratogenic risk is to present to them an accurate, up-to-date estimate of their benefit to risk ratio. However, the same data may be received and interpreted very differently by different patients, leading them to individual conclusions and finally to the decision to continue or terminate pregnancy.

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