Hanyang Med Rev.  2009 Nov;29(4):379-385. 10.7599/hmr.2009.29.4.379.

Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Extremely Preterm Infants

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Cheil General Hospital, School of Medicine, Kwandong University, Seoul, Korea. ykleeped@hanmail.net

Abstract

Recently, advances in perinatal and neonatal intensive care during the last decades have led to a dramatic increased survival of extremely preterm and extremely low birth weight infants (ELBWI, <1,000 g). These have influenced the rates of neonatal morbidity and neurodevelopmental impairment. Neurodevelopmental outcome is being used as the most important measure of successful neonatal care and has to be assessed, not only in the short term, but also in the long term. Long-term follow-up of ELBWI is necessary to identify neurodevelopmental outcomes with a wide array from major neurosensory disability to high prevalence/ low severity dysfunction in early childhood, school age and young adulthood.

Keyword

Neurodevelopmental outcome; Extremely preterm; Extremely low birth weight infants

MeSH Terms

Follow-Up Studies
Humans
Infant
Infant, Extremely Premature
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care, Neonatal
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