Neurosensory outcome at 5 years and extremely low birthweight. The Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group.
Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed | Published : 1995
OBJECTIVE: To establish the stability of neurosensory outcome at 5 years of age compared with 2 years of age, and to determine whether the improving survival rate of extremely low birthweight (ELBW) (500-999 g) children has been accompanied by an increase in the number of severely impaired and disabled children in the community. METHODS: A geographically determined cohort study was made of consecutive ELBW survivors born in the state of Victoria during 1985-7, and during 1979-80, inclusive. Rates of neurosensory impairments and disabilities at 2 and 5 or more years of age were measured. RESULTS: Of 212 children surviving to 5 years of age born during 1985-7, 211 (99.5%) had been assessed at ..View full abstract