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The relative contribution of birth weight and gestational age to physical traits of newborn infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2397714     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present study establishes anthropometric standards for newborn infants, born between 26-41 weeks of gestational age. The measurement of 10 standard anthropometric traits was made within the first 72 hours of life in 224 preterm (26-36 weeks) and 190 term (37-41 weeks) infants. Multiple regression analysis was carried out for each of these anthropometric traits (dependent variables) on gestational age, birth weight and sex (independent variables). It was found that the prediction of several traits, namely, body length, body mass index, body surface area, interocular diameter, ear length and palm length, can be done solely via the information on birth weight; cephalic index is better predicted on the basis of gestational age, while for the prediction of such cranial traits as the circumference, length and breadth of head, both birth weight and gestational age are desirable.
D Ben-Amitai; G Livshits; I Levi; E Kobyliansky; P Merlob
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0378-3782     ISO Abbreviation:  Early Hum. Dev.     Publication Date:  1990 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-10-16     Completed Date:  1990-10-16     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  131-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neonatology, Beilinson Medical Center, Petah-Tikva, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight*
Body Height
Body Mass Index
Body Surface Area
Gestational Age*
Hand / anatomy & histology
Head / anatomy & histology
Infant, Newborn / physiology*
Infant, Premature / physiology*
Regression Analysis
Sex Factors

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