Apgar scores in neonates predict risk of CP and epilepsy

Published 2018-02-12 16:04. Updated 2018-02-12 16:38Denna sida på svenska

An infant’s scores on the so-called Apgar scale can predict the risk of a later diagnosis of cerebral palsy or epilepsy.

The risk rises with decreasing Apgar score, but even slightly lowered scores can be linked to a higher risk of these diagnoses, according to an extensive observational study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet.

Kristina Tedroff, Associate professor and researcher at the division of Paediatric neurology at the Department of Women's and Children's Health is one of the autors to a study published in the BMJ.

Read more about the study at KI News:
Apgar scores in neonates predict risk of CP and epilepsy
Publication:
Five and 10 minute Apgar scores and risks of cerebral palsy and epilepsy: population based cohort study in Sweden
Martina Persson, Neda Razaz, Kristina Tedroff, K.S. Joseph, Sven Cnattingius
The BMJ, online 8 February 2018, doi: 10.1136/bmj.k207.