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Foetal growth determines cerebral ventricular volume in infants The Generation R Study.
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PMID:  18089296     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The cerebral ventricular system is a marker of brain development and a predictor of neurodevelopmental outcome. In premature or dysmature neonates, neuroanatomical structures including the ventricular system appear to be altered. The present study aims to provide information on the association between foetal growth and neonatal cerebral ventricular size in the normal population. Within the Generation R Study, a population-based cohort study, we used three-dimensional cranial ultrasound to determine lateral ventricular volume in 778 term infants aged 4-12 weeks. Foetal growth characteristics were repeatedly measured in early, mid- and late pregnancy and analysed in relation to ventricular volume divided by head circumference. Results revealed positive associations between foetal head circumference in late pregnancy and log-transformed ventricular volume (beta=0.077, 95% confidence interval (0.017; 0.136), equivalent to a 7.7% increase in ventricular volume per standard deviation of head circumference). Similarly, in a per week-longer gestational duration, ventricular volume in infancy was 6.0% larger. Multilevel modelling demonstrated that reduced growth of foetal head circumference and biparietal diameter during pregnancy were associated with decreased ventricular volume in infancy. In conclusion, foetal maturation is positively associated to cerebral ventricular size in term infants. Larger ventricular size in term infants needs to be distinguished from ventricular enlargement due to intraventricular haemorrhage or white matter damage in premature or dysmature infants. Moreover, the naturally occurring enlargement of ventricles during infancy should be considered in interpreting reports on increased ventricular volumes in several neuropsychiatric disorders.
Sabine J Roza; Paul P Govaert; Henri A Vrooman; Maarten H Lequin; Albert Hofman; Eric A P Steegers; Henriette A Moll; Vincent W V Jaddoe; Frank C Verhulst; Henning Tiemeier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-11-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  NeuroImage     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1053-8119     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuroimage     Publication Date:  2008 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-05     Completed Date:  2008-05-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9215515     Medline TA:  Neuroimage     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1491-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Generation R Study Group, Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Cerebral Ventricles / anatomy & histology*,  embryology*
Cohort Studies
Fetal Development / physiology*
Head / anatomy & histology
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Age
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