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A comparison of the merits of using birth weight, or appropriateness of birth weight to gestational age, in the assessment of subsequent growth in twin children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18972236     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: Size at birth has an important relationship to subsequent growth. Many reports subgroup subjects according to birth weight or birth weight in relation to the duration of gestation, and it is not clear whether one of these methods is more relevant to subsequent growth or if in fact they are comparable. AIM: The present study compared the outcome of twins in terms of pre-pubertal weight and height when sub-grouped according to birth weight (BW), or the appropriateness of birth weight for the duration of gestation (BW-SDS). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The birth weights of 1533 twins were graded into four subgroups according to BW or BW-SDS. The relationship of birth weight to subsequent weight and height standard deviation scores, obtained between the ages of 2 and 9 years, were compared on the basis of these two methods. RESULTS: There was a marked difference in identity of the twins who fell into each of the four subgroups by the two methods. Despite this, no difference was found in the subsequent weight and height of the twins. CONCLUSIONS: Analysis of data relating BW-SDS to subsequent growth shows no significant difference to those groups using BW alone.
Authors:
M Green; J M H Buckler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Twin Study    
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:  596-605     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Leeds, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Anthropology / methods
Birth Weight*
Body Height
Body Weight
Child
Child Development* / physiology
Child, Preschool
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Gestational Age*
Humans
Infant, Newborn
Male
Twins* / physiology

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