Assessing Dysmorphic Facial Features associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Reviewer Disclosure

Welcome to Assessing Dysmorphic Facial Features associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure! 

This course focuses on the assessment of the physical features associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The potential effects of prenatal alcohol exposure are wide-ranging, and not all affected children have distinguishing facial features. However, for those who do, recognition of these features is a powerful diagnostic tool that can provide confirmation of prenatal exposure to alcohol as well as diagnostic clarity. 

There is normal variation of the cardinal facial features depending in part on family or racial background. Comparison with other family members who were NOT exposed to alcohol before birth, when available, and use of race-specific lip-philtrum guides, can help account for this variation.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) affects 1/20 children surpassing Autism Spectrum Disorder. While early diagnosis improves outcomes, many children go undiagnosed into adolescence or adulthood.  Our goal with this course is to increase diagnostic capacity by pediatric clinicians.

Intended Audience

Target audience includes physicians, nurses, and other clinicians who may treat/work with children with FASD and their families, with a focus on pediatric clinicians.

Learning Objectives

One outcome we hope to see is for pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners to increase their comfort and willingness to assess children for physical features that might be effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol.

These features themselves are often neither highly distinguishing nor problematic but can help to clarify the cause of developmental and behavioral problems a child may be experiencing and provide guidance to informed and evidence-based interventions.

At the end of the activity, learners will be able to:

  1. List the characteristic dysmorphic features associated with some fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).
  2. Recognize and assess dysmorphic features that should be evaluated when considering any of the FASD diagnoses.
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Reviewer Disclosure

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CE activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests* in order to allow CE staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during the educational activity.

* The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.

For this educational activity all conflicts of interests have been resolved and detailed disclosures are listed below:

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Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 ANCC contact hours. The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350. 

Continuing Education Units

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), authorizes this program for .1 continuing education units (CEUs) or 1 hours. 

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