Pattern of physical and neurologic development in preterm children

Brenda H. Morris, Karen E. Smith, Paul R. Swank, Susan E. Denson, Susan H. Landry

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Objective: To evaluate the influence of medical complications, gestational age, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status on the changes in anthropometric measures and severity of neurologic impairment from 6 to 54 months of age in premature and term infants. Study Design: This study was a prospective longitudinal study to determine predictors of patterns of growth and neurologic outcome in low-risk (n = 137) and high-risk (n = 96) preterm infants compared to full-term infants (n = 136). Growth modeling analyses were used to evaluate factors that might influence patterns of physical growth and changes in neurologic status. Results: Medical risk level was a predictor of height and head circumference at 30 months and neurologic outcome. Gender was a predictor of weight gain. Medical risk level and gender predicted 13.8% and 32% of the variance in head circumference and neurologic scores, respectively. Conclusion: Medical complications after birth and gender are stronger influences than gestational age on patterns of growth and neurologic outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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