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Paier, I.
Laser-acupuncture for neonatal abstinence syndrome - A retrospective data analysis of developmental check-ups and comparison of the results between acupuncture- and control group
Humanmedizin; [ Diplomarbeit ] Graz Medical University; 2017. pp. [OPEN ACCESS]


Authors Med Uni Graz:
Mileder Lukas Peter
Raith Wolfgang

Introduction: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a drug withdrawal syndrome caused by abrupt discontinuation of chronic foetal exposure to opioids. The study of Raith et al. investigated the benefits of laser-acupuncture as a supplementary treatment option in new-borns with NAS. In this diploma thesis we examined the further development of these study participants. Methods: The developmental outcome of 28 infants (acupuncture-group [AG]: n=14, control-group [CG]: n=14) was examined by conducting a retrospective data analysis. The data, originated from an investigation period of 2009 - 2014, were primarily derived from electronic health records from the University Hospital of Graz. Additionally practising paediatricians were surveyed using a standardized questionnaire. We investigated the developmental outcome at 12 and 24 months and compared the results of the AG and the CG. Results: We were able to acquire developmental data from 22 out of 28 subjects (78.6%, AG: n=10, CG: n=12). The two groups did not significantly differ in their developmental outcome at 12- (p = .594) and 24 months (p = 1.000). Discussion: As a result of these findings, non-invasive laser acupuncture had no significant effect on the developmental outcome of our subjects.

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