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Quality of general movements is related to white matter pathology in very preterm infants

Alicia J Spittle, Nisha C Brown, Lex W Doyle, Roslyn N Boyd, Rod W Hunt, Merilyn Bear, Terrie E Inder



OBJECTIVE: Preterm infants are at an increased risk for abnormalities of general movements, which predict subsequent poor neurodevelopmental outcome. The cerebral lesion that predisposes the preterm infant to abnormal general movements remains unknown. The objective of this study was to determine the association between MRI-defined cerebral abnormalities and general movements at 1 and 3 months' corrected age in infants who were born very preterm. METHODS: Eighty-six preterm infants (<30 weeks' gestation) were prospectively recruited and underwent brain MRI at term-equivalent age to investigate the relationship between qualitative white and gray matter pathology and abnormality of general mov..

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