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Klin Padiatr. 2011 Jul;223(4):251-4. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1275679. Epub 2011 May 11.

[2-year follow-up examinations (Bayley II) in infants born at <32 weeks in a German perinatal center].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Department of Neonatology, Tübingen University Hospital, Calwerstraße 7, Tübingen.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Since 2008, follow-up examinations at 2 years of age with the standardized Bayley II test have become obligatory in Germany for all very low birth weight infants.

AIM:

We already performed such examinations before 2006. Here, we compared our data and the completeness of our examinations before and after the introduction of the obligatory 2-year follow-up.

PATIENTS:

From 2004-2007, 372 infants <1500 g or <32 weeks were discharged alive from our center, 19 infants died during their initial hospital stay, 2 after discharge.

RESULTS:

271 patients participated in the follow-up examination at age 2 years, with the proportion of participating infants increasing from 64% to 84% after the introduction of obligatory tests. 75% of infants showed a normal development, while 4% had a severe impairment (defined as being blind (1), deaf (1) or having cerebral palsy (6), the CP rate thus being 2%). 49% of infants completed the Bayley test; the mean MDI was 100.3 (SD 10.6). There were no significant qualtitative differences in test results with the introduction of the obligatory test.

CONCLUSIONS:

The completeness of our follow-up increased over the years. In comparison with international data we found a low rate of severely impaired, deaf or blind VLBW infants.

© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

PMID:
21563046
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