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State of the art of a new functional assessment of the young nervous system. An early predictor of cerebral palsy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9467689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The paper provides a survey of the state of the art of a new neurological diagnostic procedure in fetuses, preterm and term infant as well as in young infants. This method consists of a judgement of the movement quality of a particular type of spontaneous movements, the so-called general movements. At a very early age normal and abnormal general movement quality predicts the neurological outcome over 2 years, in particular cerebral palsy. The reliability of this method turned out to be very robust. Recent animal experiments on isolated parts of the central nervous system provide convincing evidence of endogenously generated neural activity. Similar neural mechanisms must provide the basis for spontaneous movements seen in the human at early ages. Those neural defects leading to qualitative changes of general movements are described in detail.
H F Prechtl
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Editorial; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0378-3782     ISO Abbreviation:  Early Hum. Dev.     Publication Date:  1997 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-03-05     Completed Date:  1998-03-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Brain / embryology,  pathology*
Cerebral Palsy / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Fetal Diseases / diagnosis*,  embryology
Fetal Movement / physiology
Fetus / embryology,  physiology*
Infant, Newborn
Longitudinal Studies
Movement / physiology
Neurologic Examination / methods*

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