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The assessment of general movements is a valuable technique for the detection of brain dysfunction in young infants. A review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8997446     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recently, a new assessment technique by which to evaluate brain function in the fetus and newborn infant has been developed. The method is based on the assessment of the quality of General Movements (GMs). GMs are complex movements involving all parts of the body. They are present throughout fetal life and postnatally until about 3-4 months post-term. The persistent presence of abnormal GMs during the neonatal period and the absence of age-specific characteristics ("fidgety" movements) around 3 months-post term are both powerful predictors of the development of handicap.
M Hadders-Algra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992). Supplement     Volume:  416     ISSN:  0803-5326     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr Suppl     Publication Date:  1996 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-13     Completed Date:  1997-03-13     Revised Date:  2008-05-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9315043     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr Suppl     Country:  NORWAY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  39-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical Physiology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Diseases / diagnosis*
Developmental Disabilities / diagnosis
Infant, Newborn
Neurologic Examination*
Sensitivity and Specificity

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