History of unexplained profoundly low body weight in the DES-exposed women

Increased risk of profound weight loss among women exposed to diethylstilbestrol in utero

1991 Study Abstract

We surveyed 1711 women exposed to diethylstilbestrol in utero, and 919 women not exposed, concerning lifetime weight loss histories.

Increased risk of profound weight loss among women exposed to diethylstilbestrol in utero, US National Library of Medicine, Behavioral and neural biology, NCBI PubMed PMID: 2059190, 1991 May.

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The prevalence of a history of unexplained profoundly low body weight (weight less than or equal to 80% of expected weight for age, sex, and height)

  • was 18.7 per 1000 in the exposed group
  • compared to 3.3 per 1000 in the unexposed group;
  • a 5.72 to 1 ratio of increased risk.
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