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Visual function assessment in late-preterm newborns.
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PMID:  21955502     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIM: To describe the development of visual functions in a population of low-risk late preterm infants. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Eighty low-risk late preterm with a gestational age between 34.0 and 36.9weeks were assessed at birth and at term equivalent age (TEA) using a structured visual assessment battery. The results were compared to those previously obtained in term born infants using the same battery. RESULTS: For 5 items (spontaneous ocular motility, ocular motility with target, fixation, horizontal tracking and color tracking) the results were similar both at birth and TEA; for the other 4 (vertical and arc tracking, ability to discriminate striped black/white targets and attention at distance) visual findings at TEA were more mature than at birth. Comparing the responses in late preterm at TEA and term-born infants at 48h of life, only 2 items (attention at distance, ability to discriminate black/white stripes) were different, with more mature findings in late preterm infants. CONCLUSIONS: Our results show that in late preterm some aspects of visual functions have a progressive maturation infants between birth and TEA, confirming that the time between birth and term age appears to be crucial for the development of these abilities.
Domenico M Romeo; Daniela Ricci; Francesca Serrao; Francesca Gallini; Giorgia Olivieri; Francesco Cota; Costantino Romagnoli; Eugenio Mercuri
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-26
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Title:  Early human development     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-6232     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
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Created Date:  2011-9-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Pediatric Neurology Unit, Catholic University, Rome, Italy.
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