Developmental outcome of very low birth weight infants requiring a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt

E. Liechty, M. J. Bull, C. Q. Bryson, J. E. Kalsbeck, R. D. Jansen, J. A. Lemons, R. L. Schreiner

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Abstract

All infants of < 1,500 g birth weight who required a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt were followed for developmental problems over the 1st year of life. There were 19 infants; 2 died within the 1st postoperative week. At 1 year of age corrected for prematurity the mean Bayley Mental Developmental Index was 62 ± 23.0, and the mean Psychomotor Developmental Index was 61 ± 19. Only 2 infants attained scores > 85 on both scales, while an additional 2 infants attained a score of > 85 on one scale. It is concluded that ventriculo-peritoneal shunting procedures performed after progressive ventricular enlargement has taken place are not likely to result in normal development of the infant < 1,500 g birth weight.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-349
Number of pages10
JournalChild's Brain
Volume10
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Liechty, E., Bull, M. J., Bryson, C. Q., Kalsbeck, J. E., Jansen, R. D., Lemons, J. A., & Schreiner, R. L. (1983). Developmental outcome of very low birth weight infants requiring a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt. Child's Brain, 10(5), 340-349.