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Int J Pediatr. 2010;2010. pii: 462048. doi: 10.1155/2010/462048. Epub 2010 Sep 7.

Motor Development of Premature Infants Born between 32 and 34 Weeks.

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Department of Pediatrics, Groene Hart Ziekenhuis, P.O. Box 1098, 2800 BB Gouda, The Netherlands.


Little is known about motor development in late preterm born infants. Our objective was to determine long-term outcome of motor skills of infants born between 32 and 34 weeks. All infants were assessed at corrected ages of 3 and 9 months, using the Alberta Infant Motor Scale. At corrected ages of 4 years, the Movement Assessment Battery for Children was done. Seventy infants were seen at 4 years of age (median of 3 assessments per infant). Abnormal assessment at 3 or 9 months of age resulted in normal outcome in almost 80% at 4 years. On the other hand, a normal outcome in the first year of life resulted in an abnormal outcome at 4 years in 10% of the infants. Our results suggest that long-term followup of these late preterm born infants is necessary, as the assessments in the first year do not predict the long-term outcome.

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