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Lithium pp 147-166 | Cite as

Pharmacology—Lithium Teratology

  • Morton R. Weinstein
  • Michael D. Goldfield

Abstract

Women are slightly more likely than men to develop manic-depressive illness (Spiegel and Bell, 1959) and manic-depressive illness typically begins and unfolds during the reproductive years. There has been a rapid accumulation of evidence that lithium is useful in the prophylaxis of manic and, perhaps, depressive episodes, and it is probably now the treatment of choice for the acute manic phase of manic-depressive illness. These facts taken together guarantee that pregnant women and their fetuses will be exposed to lithium, and that the possible teratogenicity of the lithium ion will become a matter of importance for many patients, their families, and their physicians.

Keywords

Mitotic Index International Register Club Foot Cleft Palate Teratogenic Effect 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Morton R. Weinstein
    • 1
  • Michael D. Goldfield
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California Medical SchoolSan FranciscoUSA

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