A teratogen is any medication, chemical, infectious disease,
or environmental agent that might interfere with the normal development
of a foetus and result in the , a , or a .
There are a variety of teratogens that are relatively common. Some examples
are listed, but there are other teratogens which are not on this list.
- , such as alcohol,
- . Examples include
seizure medications (such as Dilantin, Valporic Acid, Tegretol), Accutane,
- Environmental Agents, such as organic solvents, chemicals, lead, anaesthetic
gases, organic mercury.
- Infectious Diseases. Examples include ,
- Other, including ,
radiation, hyperthermia (high fever).
The timing of foetal exposure to a teratogen is one of
the major determinants of what effects the teratogen will have on prenatal
Please refer to the section , for more information on this topic
The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken
from the following source(s):
1. Illinois Teratogen Information Service,
North-western University Medical School/Chicago:
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