Neonatal visual evoked potentials in infants born to mothers prescribed methadone

Laura McGlone, Ruth Hamilton, Daphne L. McCulloch, Richard Bolton, Michael S. Bradnam, Lawrence T. Weaver, Helen Mactier

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Drug misuse in pregnancy is associated with impaired infant visual development. Pilot data showed abnormal flash visual evoked potentials (VEPs) in neonates exposed to methadone in utero, but results were confounded by intrauterine growth restriction, gestation, and ongoing drug misuse. This large cohort study aimed to clarify the effects on neonatal flash VEPs of maternal drug misuse in pregnancy, including prescription of substitute methadone and subsequent development of neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e857-e863
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Early online date18 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • drug misuse
  • pregnancy
  • visual development
  • neonates
  • methadone


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