According to Cerebral Palsy News Today, babies born prematurely, and that have a low birth weight for their gestational age, are often diagnosed with cerebral palsy. To better understand this link, researchers from China published a December 2016 meta-analysis in Scientific Reports, which reviewed data from seven previously-published studies on the risks associated with low birth weight, encompassing over 135,000 participants. Researchers found that a small birth weight (adjusted for gestational age) increased the risk of cerebral palsy by at least 2.34 times, and babies born at 34-36 weeks of pregnancy were 3.47 times more likely to receive the diagnosis. While the outcome of the meta-analysis suggests there is a strong link between low birth weight and a cerebral palsy diagnosis in preterm babies, the study noted that additional research is needed to investigate the underlying causes.
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