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The predictive value of a normal ultrasound scan in the preterm baby--a meta-analysis.
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PMID:  2139756     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Interpretation of the prognostic value of cranial ultrasound abnormalities in preterm infants has been hampered by the lack of a uniform approach to research, especially in the definition and classification of the abnormal appearances. Defining normality should be less controversial, but from a selected reading of the literature it is possible to gain quite varied impressions as to the prognostic value of normal ultrasound appearances. In order to determine the predictive value for normal development of consistently normal cranial ultrasound scans in the preterm baby, we have performed a meta-analysis on all the published reports in the English language which provide follow-up data on such cases. The overall prevalence of major disability among 1,604, mainly very low birthweight, babies was 15%. The predictive value of a normal scan for freedom from major disability was 93% and the predictive value for an entirely normal outcome was 88%. The value of this information in the counselling of parents is discussed.
P C Ng; P R Dear
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica Scandinavica     Volume:  79     ISSN:  0001-656X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr Scand     Publication Date:  1990 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-06-06     Completed Date:  1990-06-06     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0000211     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr Scand     Country:  SWEDEN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  286-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Leeds, St James's University Hospital, U.K.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Diseases / congenital,  diagnosis*,  epidemiology
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Meta-Analysis as Topic
Predictive Value of Tests
Sensitivity and Specificity

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