How is heroin toxicity treated during pregnancy?

Updated: Dec 31, 2020
  • Author: Rania Habal, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Heroin addiction in the pregnant patient is grossly underestimated. Heroin readily crosses the placenta and the blood-brain barrier of the fetus, leading to narcotic dependence in the fetus. [28] Heroin overdose results in hypoxia, which, in turn, causes placental vasoconstriction, thus causing further injury to the fetus. Complications in the mother can lead to additional and similar complications in the fetus.

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