Diagnosis

FASD is a general term that encompasses five distinct diagnoses:

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) with confirmed maternal drinking during pregnancy
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) without confirmed maternal drinking during pregnancy
  • Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS)
  • Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ARND)
  • Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD)

Diagnosis should start with the person’s primary care physician. But diagnosing something this complex usually requires a team effort. This may mean seeing multiple doctors or a diagnostic team at a center that specializes in these conditions.

We’ve prepared a helpful checklist to know what information to take to such doctor visits. Click here to view or print that checklist.

This chart provides an overview of the diagnostic criteria for the conditions that FASD encompasses.

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