Quality of general movements in preterm infants with transient periventricular echodensities

AF Bos*, A Martijn, A Okken, HFR Prechtl

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By means of sequential videotape recordings, the relevance of the quality of general movements for neurological outcome was determined in a group of 21 appropriate-for-gestational-age preterm infants with transient periventricular echodensities of variable localization and duration and in 6 infants without echodensities. Echodensities, especially in the parieto-occipital area, affected the duality of general movements. Echodensities persisting beyond 14d were associated with abnormal general movements; infants with echodensities up to 14d had tither normal or abnormal general movements. The developmental course of movement quality was correlated to neurological outcome (p <0.005): normal outcomes were found in 11/12 infants with normal general movements throughout and in 9/11 infants with transient abnormal general movements; all 4 infants with persistent abnormal general movements had impaired outcomes. In infants with transient echodensities, longitudinal assessment of the: quality of general movements helps to determine if there is brain dysfunction, either transient or persistent, and identifies infants at risk for impaired neurological outcomes.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)328-335
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftActa Paediatrica
Volume87
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - mrt-1998

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