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May 1976

Estimation of Gestational Age in the Neonate: A Comparison of Clinical Methods

Author Affiliations

From the First Obstetrical and Gynecological Clinic of Athens University (Dr Aravantinos) and the Neonatal Department, Alexandra Maternity Hospital, Athens, Greece (Drs Nicolopoulos, Perakis, Papadakis, and Alexiou).

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(5):477-480. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120060023005

• A combined evaluation of almost all the proposed morphologic and neurologic criteria for estimating gestational age in the neonate was performed on 710 newborns of 28 to 44 weeks' gestation. It is concluded that (1) the neurologic criteria used by Dubowitz et al1 in combination with the external (morphologic) criteria of Farr et al2,3 give very accurate results of estimation of the gestational age; (2) equally accurate results can be obtained if those criteria with the lowest correlation coefficients—namely, arm and leg recoil, degree of edema, and appearance of the genitalia—are omitted; and (3) the use of only nine external criteria, the assessment of which is easier to perform on sick babies, gives an estimation of gestational age that is accurate for clinical purposes (r = 0.878).

(Am J Dis Child 130:477-480, 1976)

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