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Comment & Response
May 2018

Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Italy

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Centre on Addiction and Doping, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy
  • 2Unit of Forensic Toxicology, Department of Anatomical, Histological, Forensic and Orthopedic Sciences, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(5):497-498. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.0044

To the Editor We read with interest the article by Lange et al,1 who aimed to estimate fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among children and young patients in the general population by country, by World Health Organization region, and globally.

To this end, a comprehensive systematic literature search was performed including studies on FASD prevalence among the general population published from 1973 to 2015. The authors declared that to calculate the best and most accurate prevalence estimation values of FASD for different countries, they followed a number of established criteria such as representative sample of target population and adequate sample size.

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