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Long-term growth in small-for-date children.
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PMID:  2750529     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The growth patterns of 158 infants with significant intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) were studied for the first 2 years of life. Eighty-four infants were born after 36 completed weeks. All these full-term infants survived; complete follow-up data were obtained for 78. Acceleration of growth in weight began soon after birth and continued for an average of 6 months. Acceleration of linear growth began somewhat later, but was limited to the first 9 months. Twenty-three infants (29%) were still below the 5th centile for both weight and height by 2 years of age. There was a negative correlation between the neonatal ponderal index and length at 18 months for females only. Seventy-four infants were born prematurely, before 37 weeks' gestation. Mortality in this group was 18% and complete follow-up data were obtained for 49 of the 61 survivors. Birth weight was regained on average at 11 days; accelerated weight velocity began 4-6 weeks before the expected date of delivery (term date). The potential for catch-up growth lasted up to 9 months after the term date. By 18 months, however, 44% of these pre-term infants were still below the 5th centile for weight. Size at 18 months post-term was correlated with weight at the term date and length at 3 months post-term, but not with the degree of IUGR or with the ponderal index.
P M Fitzhardinge; S Inwood
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica Scandinavica. Supplement     Volume:  349     ISSN:  0300-8843     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr Scand Suppl     Publication Date:  1989  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-08-14     Completed Date:  1989-08-14     Revised Date:  2008-02-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0173166     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr Scand Suppl     Country:  SWEDEN    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-33; discussion 34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Body Height
Body Weight
Fetal Growth Retardation / physiopathology*
Follow-Up Studies
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / growth & development
Infant, Small for Gestational Age / growth & development*

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