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Low Birth Weight, Preterm Birth May Carry Higher Risk for Cerebral Palsy

Low Birth Weight, Preterm Birth May Carry Higher Risk for Cerebral Palsy

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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