Change of paternity: a new environmental risk?

Hall, Judith G.
November 2007
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Nov2007, Vol. 92 Issue 11, p1044
Academic Journal
The article presents a case study about the environmental risk of paternity change. It is noted that there might be an increase in the rate of gastroschisis in populated-based studies. The gastroschitis is a sporadic event and is thought to be linked to vascular compromise in the developing fetus. Study shows that change of paternity was more common among case mothers than among mothers in the comparison groups. The finding suggest that immune recognition may affect blood vessels in developing embryo or fetus, though the exact mechanism is uncertain. It is recommended that the study should be repeated and the association between change in paternity and other birth defects should be investigated.


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