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Size at birth in a rapidly developing economy: intrauterine growth pattern of UAE infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19023734     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Despite rapid economic growth and the recognition of intrauterine growth pattern as an important indicator of neonatal morbidity and mortality, the size at birth relative to gestation for UAE (United Arab Emirates) live births has not been investigated. AIM: The present study evaluated the intrauterine growth pattern of UAE infants and compared the data with the currently used reference standard. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 2497 singleton hospital live births to UAE mothers without pregnancy complications were studied. Anthropometric measurements and gestational age assessment of each infant were carried out according to standard procedures. The LMS computer program was used to construct perentile curves. RESULTS: The mean birth weight, length and head circumference of 1113 male term infants were 3298 g, 50.6 cm and 34.5 cm, respectively, and the same parameters for 1118 female term infants were 3201 g, 49.9 cm and 34.0 cm, respectively. These growth parameters were higher in males than females. Mean birth weight data were similar to those reported previously from a study from an economically developed community. The 10th percentile values were higher than in the currently used reference chart. CONCLUSION: Data on size at birth for UAE infants indicate that continuing use of the current reference chart may underestimate the prevalence of fetal growth failure in the population. Data from larger numbers of very preterm infants are needed to generate percentiles charts for very preterm infants.
A Dawodu; A Bener; G A Koutouby; E Varady; Y Abdulrazzaq
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of human biology     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1464-5033     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Hum. Biol.     Publication Date:    2008 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-21     Completed Date:  2009-02-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404024     Medline TA:  Ann Hum Biol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  615-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-3039, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anthropology / methods*
Birth Weight*
Body Height*
Gestational Age*
Head / embryology,  growth & development
Infant, Newborn*
Infant, Premature / growth & development
Reference Standards
United Arab Emirates / epidemiology
United States

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