Areca-nut abuse and neonatal withdrawal syndrome

Maria Angeles López-Vilchez, Veronica Seidel, Magí Farré, Oscár Garcí-Algar, Simona Pichini, Antonio Mur

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Areca-nut chewing occurs widely in South Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Here we present a case of neonatal withdrawal syndrome in an infant born to a woman who was a chronic areca-nut user. Arecoline, the principal neuroactive alkaloid in areca nuts, was found in the mother's placenta. Copyright © 2005 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • Addiction
  • Areca nut
  • Arecoline
  • Neonatal withdrawal syndrome
  • Newborn
  • Pregnancy


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