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December 23/30, 1998

Diagnoses in Babies From Abroad

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JAMA. 1998;280(24):2067. doi:10.1001/jama.280.24.2067-JQU80009-5-1

As the United States opens it arms to some 10,000 children adopted from other nations each year, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has announced that it is developing a clinic specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses in internationally adopted infants.

About 90% of international children adopted by US families are from Asia and Southeast Asia and Central and South America, according to the medical center. "Infectious disease considerations are very important in these patients, because many infections are asymptomatic—diagnosis only can be made through screenings," said Moshe Arditi, MD, director of pediatric infectious diseases at the medical center.