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Prognostic reliability of somatosensory and visual evoked potentials of asphyxiated term infants.
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PMID:  1612209     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to determine whether SEPs would improve the predictive power of VEPs for the prognosis of asphyxiated infants. 57 term infants had SEPs and VEPs recorded during the first three days of life, during the first week and at follow-up visits. All survivors have been followed for 18 to 24 months. 34 had a normal outcome, 12 had severe neurological sequelae and 11 died. The SEPs had both high sensitivity (96 per cent) and negative predictive power (97 per cent); normal SEPs virtually guaranteed normal outcome. The VEPs had both a specificity and positive predictive power of 100 per cent; abnormal VEPs guaranteed abnormal outcome. Both together had a higher predictive power than either alone. The combination of VEPs and SEPs yields a powerful means of prognostication for term asphyxiated infants; the results suggest that both be included in the assessment of this population.
M J Taylor; W J Murphy; H E Whyte
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental medicine and child neurology     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0012-1622     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Med Child Neurol     Publication Date:  1992 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-07-24     Completed Date:  1992-07-24     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0006761     Medline TA:  Dev Med Child Neurol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  507-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Neonatology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Asphyxia Neonatorum / diagnosis*,  etiology,  physiopathology
Brain / pathology,  physiopathology
Brain Diseases / complications,  pathology,  physiopathology
Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Brain Stem
Evoked Potentials, Somatosensory*
Evoked Potentials, Visual*
Follow-Up Studies
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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