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Neurological examination of late-preterm infants at term age.
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PMID:  21514859     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Late-preterm infants represent 70% of the whole preterm population. AIMS: To establish the range and frequency distribution of neonatal neurological scores in a large cohort of low risk late-preterm infants and the possible differences with full-term infants. METHODS: Three hundred-seventy-five healthy infants born between 34 and 36 weeks gestational age (GA) without major brain lesions were assessed between 39 and 41 weeks post-menstrual age using the Hammersmith Neonatal Neurologic Assessment and compared to the scores obtained using the same examination in full-term infants. RESULTS: Infants born at 35 and 36 weeks GA had similar median scores in 32 of the 34 items. Infants born at 34 weeks GA had a different profile of scores compared to those born at 35 and 36 weeks, mainly in the tone items. While in infants born at 34 weeks the assessment at term age showed similar median scores to those obtained in full-term infants in 25/34 items, in those born at 35 and 36 GA the number of scores similar to full-term infants increased to 29/34. The main differences involved the tone items, with more marked flexor tone in the limbs and better head control for those born at 35 and 36 weeks. CONCLUSIONS: This data can help as reference data when examining late-preterm infants at term age to see where the individual child stands compared to age matched low risk infants and to identify signs that are outside the reported range in infants with lesions or other risk factors.
Domenico M Romeo; Daniela Ricci; Claudia Brogna; Salvatore Cilauro; Maria Elena Lombardo; Mario G Romeo; Eugenio Mercuri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of paediatric neurology : EJPN : official journal of the European Paediatric Neurology Society     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2130     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-4-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9715169     Medline TA:  Eur J Paediatr Neurol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Department of Pediatrics, Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Catholic University, Rome, Italy; Division of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Pediatrics, University of Catania, Italy.
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