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  • 1.
    Holsti, Antti
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Adamsson, M.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Serenius, F.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Hägglöf, Bruno
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
    Farooqi, Aijaz
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Two-thirds of adolescents who received active perinatal care after extremely preterm birth had mild or no disabilities2016In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 105, no 11, p. 1288-1297Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: Active perinatal care (APC) increases the survival of extremely preterm (EPT) infants, but may increase the rate of disabilities. We examined neurodevelopmental outcomes in adolescents aged 10-15 years who were born EPT and received APC in two Swedish tertiary care centres.

    Methods: Cognitive function was assessed using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, and neurosensory impairments were assessed by reviewing the case records and a standard parent health questionnaire. The outcomes were compared to term-born controls.

    Results: We assessed 132 EPT adolescents and 103 controls. The rates of cerebral palsy, moderate to severe visual impairment and moderate to severe hearing impairment were 9%, 4% and 6%, respectively, for the EPT children and zero for the controls. Serious cognitive impairment was present in 31% of the EPT adolescents and 5% of the controls. Combining impairments across domains showed that 34% of EPT adolescents had moderate and severe disabilities compared with 5% of the controls. Impairments were more common at 23-24 weeks of gestational age (43%) than at 25 weeks (28.4%).

    Conclusion: Two-thirds (66%) of adolescents born EPT who received APC had mild or no disabilities. Our results are relevant for healthcare providers and clinicians counselling families.

  • 2.
    Holsti, Antti
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Adamsson, Marie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Hägglöf, Bruno
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
    Farooqi, Aijaz
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Serenius, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics. Uppsala Univ, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Chronic Conditions and Health Care Needs of Adolescents Born at 23 to 25 Weeks' Gestation2017In: Pediatrics, ISSN 0031-4005, E-ISSN 1098-4275, Vol. 139, no 2, article id e20162215Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: We examined chronic conditions, functional limitations, and special health care needs in extremely preterm children (EPT; 23-25 weeks' gestation) born between 1992 and 1998 at 2 Swedish tertiary care centers that offered regional and active perinatal care to all live-born EPT infants. METHODS: Of 134 surviving EPT children, 132 (98%) were assessed at 10 to 15 years of age alongside 103 term-born controls. Identification of children with functional limitations and special health care needs was based on a questionnaire administered to parents. Categorization of medical diagnoses and developmental disabilities was based on child examinations, medical record reviews, and parent questionnaires. RESULTS: In logistic regression analyses adjusting for social risk factors and sex, the EPT children had significantly more chronic conditions than the term-born controls, including functional limitations (64% vs 6%; odds ratio [OR], 15; 95% confidence interval [CI], 6.1-37.2; P < .001), compensatory dependency needs (60% vs 29%; OR, 3.8; 95% CI, 2.2-6.6; P < .001), and services above those routinely required by children (64% vs 25%; OR, 5.4; 95% CI, 3.0-9.6; P < .001). Specific diagnoses and disabilities for the EPT group versus controls included cerebral palsy (9.1% vs 0%; P < .001), asthma (21.2% vs 6.8%; P = 001), IQ < -2 SD (31.1% vs 4.9%; P < .001), poor motor skills without neurosensory impairment (21.9% vs 1.9%; P < .001), and psychiatric conditions (15.2% vs 1.9%; P < .001). CONCLUSIONS: Adolescents born EPT have considerable long-term health and educational needs. Few had severe impairments that curtailed major activities of daily life.

  • 3.
    Holsti, Antti
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Serenius, F.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics. Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala Universi ty, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Farooqi, Aijaz
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Impact of major neonatal morbidities on adolescents born at 23-25 weeks of gestation2018In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 107, no 11, p. 1893-1901Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: More infants born extremely preterm (EPT) are surviving, but major neonatal morbidities are consistently high. This study examined the impact of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), brain injuries and severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) on adolescents who were born EPT.

    Methods: We focused on EPT infants born at 23-25 weeks at the Swedish university hospitals in Uppsala and Umea from January 1992 to December 1998. The poor outcome data covered 140 of 142 who survived to 36 weeks, and the chronic conditions data reported by parents covered 132 of 134 still alive at 10-15 years.

    Results: Of the 140 survivors at 36 weeks, 29 (21%) had poor outcomes: eight of 140 (6%) died, and 21 of 132 (16%) adolescent survivors had severe neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD). BPD, severe ROP and/or brain injuries correlated independently with poor outcome. Of those adolescents who were free from BPD, brain injury and severe ROP, 6% had a severe NDD. The corresponding rates with any one, any two or all three neonatal morbidities were 21, 33 and 67%, respectively. BPD and brain injuries were associated with high rates of chronic conditions at 10-15 years of age resulting in functional limitations.

    Conclusion: In adolescent EPT survivors, BPD and brain injuries were associated with high rates of chronic conditions and special healthcare needs.

  • 4.
    Samuelsson, Maria
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Holsti, Antti
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Adamsson, Marie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Serenius, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics. Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Hägglöf, Bruno
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
    Farooqi, Aijaz
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Behavioral Patterns in Adolescents Born at 23 to 25 Weeks of Gestation2017In: Pediatrics, ISSN 0031-4005, E-ISSN 1098-4275, Vol. 140, no 1, article id e20170199Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: This study examined mental health outcomes in extremely preterm children (EPT) born at 23 to 25 weeks of gestation between 1992 and 1998 at 2 Swedish tertiary care centers that offered regional and active perinatal care to all live-born EPT infants. METHODS; We assessed 132 (98%) of the 134 EPT survivors at 10 to 15 years of age alongside term-born controls. Behavioral and emotional problems were evaluated by using Achenbach's Child Behavior Checklist and Teacher Report Form and Conners' Parent and Teacher scales for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. RESULTS: Parents and teachers reported significantly more problems with internalizing behaviors as well as attention, social, and thought problems in EPT children than in controls, even when those with major neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDDs) were excluded. Multivariate analysis of covariance of the behavioral problems reported by parents and teachers revealed no interactions, hut significant main effects emerged for group status (EPT versus control) and sex, with all effect sizes being medium to large and accounting for 8% to 14% of the variance. Compared with the controls, EPT children without NDDs had significantly increased rates of >= 90th percentile for total Conners' attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder problem scores (parents: 40% vs 15%, odds ratio: 3.7, P <.001) (teachers: 24% vs 9%, odds ratio: 3.3, P =.005). The corresponding rates were higher in the total population. CONCLUSIONS: EPT children with or without NDDs had behavioral problems characterized by a higher risk for anxiety and attention, social, and thought problems. These findings further strengthen the proposition that a preterm behavioral phenotype is recognizable in adolescents born EPT.

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