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Reference data for head circumference-for-length in preterm low-birth-weight infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9006529     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To provide reference data for head circumference-for-length in preterm low-birth-weight infants that are independent of age, but extend for the ranges of head circumference (34-49 cm) and length (52.0-102.9 cm) values found from birth to 36 months of gestation-adjusted age. DESIGN: Measurements were made at 9 ages in 867 preterm infants in the Infant Health Development Program, a randomized clinical trial that included various ethnic groups at 8 sites. At birth, two thirds of the infants weighed less than 2000 g, and one third weighed between 2000 and 2500 g. Measurements were taken at birth, at 40 weeks of postconceptional age, and at 4, 8, 12, 18, 24, 30, and 36 months of gestation-adjusted age. A model fitted to the serial data for each infant was used to estimate head circumference and length from 36 weeks after conception to 36 months of gestation-adjusted age. RESULTS: Tables and charts of means and SDs and selected percentiles for each sex were made. These tables and charts are for very low (< or = 1500 g) and low-birth-weight (1501-2500 g) infants by 3-cm intervals of length. CONCLUSION: These tables and charts should assist clinicians in evaluating and monitoring head circumference in preterm low-birth-weight infants by taking body length into account.
A F Roche; S S Guo; K Wholihan; P H Casey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine     Volume:  151     ISSN:  1072-4710     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med     Publication Date:  1997 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-12     Completed Date:  1997-02-12     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9422751     Medline TA:  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  50-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Community Health, Wright State University, Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Height*
Head / pathology*
Infant, Low Birth Weight*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Sex Characteristics
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