Trends in cerebral palsy among infants of very low birthweight (<1500 g) or born prematurely (<32 weeks) in 16 European centres: A database study

Mary Jane Platt, Christine Cans, Ann Johnson, Geraldine Surman, Monica Topp, Maria Giulia Torrioli, Inge Krageloh-Mann

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The risk of cerebral palsy, the commonest physical disability of children in western Europe, is higher in infants of very low birthweight (VLBW)--those born weighing less than 1500 g--and those from multiple pregnancies than in infants of normal birthweight. An increasing proportion of infants from both of these groups survive into childhood. This paper describes changes in the frequency and distribution of cerebral palsy by sex and neurological subtype in infants with a birthweight below 1000 g and 1000-1499 g in the period 1980-96.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
Issue number9555
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2007


  • Birth Weight
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Databases, Factual
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Infant, Very Low Birth Weight
  • Male
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • Population Surveillance
  • Prevalence
  • Severity of Illness Index

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