Usefulness of an early neurofunctional assessment in predicting neurodevelopmental outcome in very low birthweight infants

Picciolini, O.; Gianní, M. L.; Vegni, C.; Fumagalli, M.; Mosca, F.
March 2006
Archives of Disease in Childhood -- Fetal & Neonatal Edition;Mar2006, Vol. 91 Issue 2, pF111
Academic Journal
Objective: To evaluate whether early neurofunctional assessment may be useful in predicting neurodevelopmental outcome in children of very low birth weight (VLBW). Design: Observational longitudinal study. Settings: Northern Italy. Patients: A total of 250 VLBW children (129 boys, 121 girls) born consecutively 1996-1999. Main outcome measures: Neurodevelopment at 36 months of chronological age, classified in accordance with the classification of Tardieu and the International classification of functioning. Results: Of the infants exhibiting normal neurodevelopment (n = 183) or major dysfunction (n = 17) at 3 months of corrected age, 72% and 94% respectively did not change their score during the study. Minor dysfunctions at 3 months of corrected age were transient in 17 (34%) children. After adjustment for F neonatal variables, neurodevelopment at 3 months of corrected age remained predictive of dysfunction at 36 months (odds ratio = 4.33, 95% confidence interval 2.05 to 9.12). if the results for the normal and minor dysfunction groups were pooled, the predictive qualities of the 3 month neurofunctional assessment were: sensitivity 0.5, specificity 0.99, positive predictive value 0.94, negative predictive value 0.93. Conclusion: Early neurofunctional evaluation may be useful in predicting later neurodevelopmental outcome in YLBW children.


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