Using gross motor milestones to identify very preterm infants at risk for cerebral palsy

Marilee C Allen, G. R. Alexander

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The authors evaluated the efficacy of 10 gross motor milestones to screen for cerebral palsy in 173 high-risk, very preterm infants (≤ 32 weeks gestation) followed for 18 to 24 months. Correcting for preterm birth and using population norms led to a better improvement in specificity and positive predictive values; race-specific norms did not contribute significantly. Incorporating a history of milestone attainment into the routine during sequential office visits will help health-care providers to monitor the development of high-risk infants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-232
Number of pages7
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuroscience(all)

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