Background: Early prognosis regarding the neurodevelopmental outcome of preterm infants remains challenging. Methods: Ninety-six very low birth weight (VLBW) infants were examined for their postural reactions according to the criteria of Vojta. The predictive value with regard to motor outcome and development of cerebral palsy at a corrected age of 20 months was calculated. Results: The positive predictive value regarding motor outcome reached a maximum of 0.2. The negative predictive value with regard to the development of cerebral palsy was fairly high (0.9 at term and 1.0 at a corrected age of 3 months). However, the rate of false positive results was 0.89. Conclusions: In the first months, use of the postural reactions according to Vojta is not helpful for assessing motor outcome in VLBW infants.
|Translated title of the contribution||Prediction of motor outcome in preterm infants: PPredictive value of postural reactions according to Vojta|
|Journal||Monatsschrift fur Kinderheilkunde|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)