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Influence of elective preterm delivery on birthweight and head circumference standards.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3813633     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We calculated new birthweight and head circumference centiles for boys and girls between 24 and 42 weeks' gestation from 20,713 singleton live births at our hospital between 1978 and 1984. Among the 803 babies born at or before 34 weeks' gestation, 28% were delivered electively for fetal problems; they were considerably lighter than babies born after spontaneous preterm labour. In contrast, they showed only a small deficit in head circumference, possibly due to a brain sparing effect in growth retarded infants. Electively delivered preterm infants cause a bias in birthweight and head circumference centiles and we recommend that these babies should be excluded when these centiles are calculated.
P L Yudkin; M Aboualfa; J A Eyre; C W Redman; A R Wilkinson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood     Volume:  62     ISSN:  1468-2044     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child.     Publication Date:  1987 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-03-26     Completed Date:  1987-03-26     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372434     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  24-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight*
Delivery, Obstetric*
Gestational Age
Head / anatomy & histology*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*

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