Correlations Between Severe Neonatal Intraventricular Hemorrhage and Neurodevelopmental ComplicationsPublic
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Intraventricular hemorrhaging (IVH) is surprisingly common in premature infants, and may cause neurodevelopmental problems. However, demonstration of this correlation has been difficult to obtain at UMass Memorial Medical Center due to a communication disconnect between the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where IVH is usually first diagnosed, and the Follow-up Clinic where subsequent developmental problems would be identified. To bridge this disconnect, standardized forms were developed to allow physicians to obtain medical follow-up data on infants. The results of a sample analysis of severe IVH show that severe IVH in premature infants born under 1000g correlates with neurodevelopmental problems such as cerebral palsy, cognitive impairment, and various sensory impairments.
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