Prenatal valproate exposure tied to psychiatric disorders in late childhood

The elevated risk was largely driven by disorders within the neurodevelopmental spectrum, say researchers.
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Prenatal exposure to the antiepileptic valproate is associated with an increased risk for later psychiatric disorders among children of mothers with epilepsy, according to a study in JAMA Neurology.

Dr Julie Werenberg Dreier (PhD), from Aarhus University in Denmark, and colleagues examined the association between prenatal exposure to valproate with a spectrum of psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence.