Risk of cerebral palsy

Risk of cerebral palsy in relation to pregnancy disorders and pre-term birth: a national cohort study
Håvard Trønnes
 
This study explored the probability of developing cerebral palsy with different gestational ages, with or without a known pregnancy disorder.
 
Among 1.7 million children in Norway, the risk of developing cerebral palsy was higher in early deliveries and in pregnancies with recorded disorders. The overall probability of developing cerebral palsy was 0.2%, but ranged from 8.5% for children born after 23 to 27 weeks’ gestation to 0.4 % for children born after 32 to 36 weeks’ gestation. The probability of cerebral palsy with pregnancy disorders varied within categories of gestational age.
 
The study provides estimates of probability for developing cerebral palsy for children born pre-term with or without a known pregnancy disorder. This may be useful for parents and physicians who deal with pre-term children and pregnancy complications.
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