Epidemiology of neural tube defects in northern Iran, 1998-2003
AbstractWe determined the rates of neural tube defects at a referral hospital in Gorgan, north Islamic Republic of Iran, and the relations of these abnormalities to sex, maternal ethnicity, maternal age and season. During 1998-2003, there were 109 cases among 37 951 births, a prevalence of 28.7 per 10 000 [24.8 and 32.8 per 10 000 among males and females respectively]. The rates in Turkmen, native Fars and Sistani ethnic groups were 40.5, 25.2 and 30.8 per 10 000 respectively. The rates of spina bifida and anencephaly were 16.3 and 11.3 per 10 000 respectively. The rate of affected newborns was highest in mothers aged over 35 years [50.7 per 10 000]. The peak prevalence was in December
Golalipour, M.J., Mobasheri, E., Vakili, M.A. & Keshtkar, A.A. (2007). Epidemiology of neural tube defects in northern Iran, 1998-2003. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117283
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 13 (3), 560-566, 2007
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World Health Organization; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.); International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (2015)