neurological development in preterm infants

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neurological development in preterm infants

Postby caryn » Sat May 09, 2009 10:50 pm

...The excess risk of neurodevelopmental impairment associated with male sex was higher among preeclamptic than normotensive pregnancies (p for interaction=0.004), among infants who were either small for gestational age or delivered to a mother with preeclampsia (p for interaction=0.001) and in iatrogenic as opposed to spontaneous preterm birth or preterm premature rupture of membranes (p for interaction=0.035). Interpretation: The excess risk of neurodevelopmental impairment associated with male sex among preterm infants is modulated by obstetric risk factors...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19416336

So it's not being premature per se that's most strongly associated with abnormal neurological development. It's being a boy who was delivered for preeclampsia as the result of an induction or Caesarean. We should expect to see more boys with neurodevelopmental impairment (haven't pulled the full-text, so I'm not sure how that's classed) in our population than in the average population.

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