[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To investigate the association of motor and cognitive/learning deficiencies and overall disabilities in very preterm (VPT) children and their relations to gestational age (GA) and brain lesions.
EPIPAGE is a longitudinal population-based cohort study of children born before 33 weeks' gestation (WG) in 9 French regions in 1997-1998. Cumulating data from all follow up stages, neurodevelopmental outcomes were available for 90% of the 2480 VPT survivors at 8 years. Main outcomes were association of motor and cognitive deficiencies and existence of at least one deficiency (motor, cognitive, behavioral/psychiatric, epileptic, visual, and/or hearing deficiencies) in three GA groups (24-26, 27-28, and 29-32WG) and four groups of brain lesions (none, minor, moderate, or severe).
VPT had high rates of motor (14%) and cognitive (31%) deficiencies. Only 6% had an isolated motor deficiency, 23% an isolated cognitive one and 8% both types. This rate reached 20% among extremely preterm. Psychiatric disorders and epilepsy were observed in 6% and 2% of children, respectively. The risks of at least one severe or moderate deficiency were 11 and 29%. These risks increased as GA decreased; only 36% of children born extremely preterm had no reported deficiency. Among children with major white matter injury (WMI), deficiency rates reached 71% at 24-26WG, 88% at 27-28WG, and 80% at 29-32WG; more than 40% had associated motor and cognitive deficiencies. By contrast, isolated cognitive deficiency was the most frequent problem among children without major lesions.
In VPT, the lower the GA, the higher the neurodisability rate. Cerebral palsy is common. Impaired cognitive development is more frequent. Its occurrence in case without WMI or early motor disorders makes long-term follow up necessary. The strong association between motor impairments, when they exist, and later cognitive dysfunction supports the hypothesis of a common origin of these difficulties.
PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(5):e62683. · 3.73 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: To compare 3 methods of identifying small-for-gestational-age (SGA) status in very preterm children as related to cognitive function and academic outcome. STUDY DESIGN: There were 1038 singletons in the Epipage Study, born before 33 weeks in 1997 without severe neurosensory impairment, who were classified as SGA when birth weight was below the 10th percentile according to: (1) birth weight (bw) reference: SGA(bw)/appropriate for gestational age (AGA)(bw); (2) intrauterine (intraut) reference: SGA(intraut)/AGA(intraut); and (3) intrauterine reference customized (cust) according to individual characteristics: SGA(cust)/AGA(cust). Cognitive function was assessed by the mental processing composite (MPC) score of the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children at age 5 and academic achievement by a parental questionnaire at age 8. RESULTS: Of the children, 15% were SGA(bw), 38% were SGA(intraut), and 39% were SGA(cust). All children SGA(bw) were also SGA(intraut) and SGA(cust). MPC was <85 in 32% of children and 27% had low academic achievement. AGA(bw)/SGA(intraut) children had a significantly increased risk of MPC <85 (adjusted OR 1.74, 95% CI 1.22-2.28) or low academic achievement (adjusted OR 1.64, 95% CI 1.05-2.55) compared with AGA(bw)/AGA(intraut) children. The SGA(cust) group was only slightly different from the SGA(intraut) group. CONCLUSIONS: An intrauterine reference identified very preterm infants at risk of poor cognitive or academic outcomes better than a birth weight reference. Customization resulted in only slight modifications of the SGA group.
The Journal of pediatrics 07/2012; · 4.02 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The objectives of the study were (1) to assess prevalence of social withdrawal behaviour in infants aged 12 months included in the French Perinatal Risk Factor Study Eden; (2) To study the correlation between relational withdrawal and several perinatal and parental factors assessed in the EDEN study. A longitudinal study using the ADBB scale was conducted within the Eden Cohort in the year 2008. 1,586 infants were included in the study. Fourteen percent of the children who had an ADBB assessment had a score at 5 and over on the ADBB, a scale designed to assess social withdrawal behaviour at age 0-24 months. Social withdrawal at 12 months was associated with low birth weight, low gestational age and with intra uterine growth retardation. Social withdrawal was independently associated with several maternal and paternal risk factors. The level of social withdrawal behaviour increased with a score of maternal difficulties. This study on a large longitudinally followed volunteer sample demonstrate a clear association of social withdrawal behaviour at age one with low birth weight and preterm birth, possibly mediated by parental vulnerabilities. Social withdrawal behaviour seems to be an important alarm signal to detect early on particularly in premature and small for date babies.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Being born small for gestational age (SGA) is associated with developmental disabilities but associations may vary depending on the definition of SGA.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To study the predictive value of a developmental assessment at 2 years corrected age (CA) for schooling at age 8 in children born very preterm and free of disability or delay; to identify other factors associated with schooling in this population.
244 children born before 33 weeks in 1997, part of the population-based EPIPAGE cohort study, free of disability or delay, had their developmental quotient (DQ) evaluated with the Brunet-Lezine scale at 2 years CA. The mental processing composite (MPC) score was evaluated at age 5 with the K-ABC battery. Data on schooling were obtained at age 8 by postal questionnaire. Schooling was considered appropriate if the child was attending age-appropriate grade level in a regular classroom environment without support at school.
Schooling was appropriate for 172 (70%) children. The predictive value of a DQ≥100 for appropriate schooling was 0.80 [0.75;0.85]. In children with a DQ at age 2<100, schooling varied significantly according to their MPC score at age 5 whereas it didn't in children with a DQ≥100. In multivariate analysis, the rate of appropriate schooling was significantly related to global DQ at age 2 (p<0.01), gestational age≥29 weeks (p<0.05), head circumference at age 2 (p<0.05) and mother's educational level (p<0.05).
A DQ≥100 cannot be solely used for the prediction of appropriate schooling at age 8. Mother's educational level, gestational age and head circumference at age 2 could be taken account. These factors could be used to individualise follow-up.
Early human development 02/2011; 87(4):297-302. · 2.12 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To investigate school difficulties, special care and behavioral problems in 8 year-old very preterm (VPT) children.
Longitudinal population-based cohort in nine regions of France of VPT children and a reference group born at 39-40 weeks of gestation (WG). The main outcome measures were information about school, special care and behavioral problems using Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire from a questionnaire to parents.
Among the 1439 VPT children, 5% (75/1439) were in a specialised school or class, 18% (259/1439) had repeated a grade in a mainstream class and 77% (1105/1439) were in the appropriate grade-level in mainstream class; these figures were 1% (3/327) , 5% (16/327) and 94% (308/327) , respectively, for the reference group. Also, 15% (221/1435) of VPT children in a mainstream class received support at school versus 5% (16/326) of reference group. More VPT children between the ages of five and eight years received special care (55% (794/1436)) than children born at term (38% (124/325)); more VPT children (21% (292/1387)) had behavioral difficulties than the reference group (11% (35/319)). School difficulties, support at school, special care and behavioral difficulties in VPT children without neuromotor or sensory deficits varied with gestational age, socioeconomic status, and cognitive score at the age of five.
Most 8-year-old VPT children are in mainstream schools. However, they have a high risk of difficulty in school, with more than half requiring additional support at school and/or special care. Referral to special services has increased between the ages of 5 and 8 years, but remained insufficient for those with borderline cognitive scores.
PLoS ONE 01/2011; 6(7):e21361. · 3.73 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To evaluate growth for children born very preterm with particular focus on those born small-for-gestational age (SGA) or with ex utero growth restraint (GR), and to identify risk factors for short stature at 5 years of age.
Population-based study of children born at less than 33 completed weeks of gestation (Étude Epidémiologique sur les Petits Ages Gestationnels (EPIPAGE)). Short stature was defined as height <-2SD on WHO growth curves. Ex utero GR was considered to have occurred in children with appropriate size for gestational age at birth and with a height and/or weight below -2SD at 2 years of corrected age. Logistic regression models were used to test associations between risk factors and short stature.
The authors measured height at 5 years of age for 1,597 of 2,193 children (73%), 5.6% (95% CI 4.6 to 6.9) of whom were diagnosed as having a short stature. Height was measured at 2 and 5 years of age in 1417 children. Among these, 24% of those born SGA and 36% of those with ex utero GR (p=0.002) had a short stature at 5 years. Predictors of short stature were SGA or birth length <-2SD, maternal height ≤ 160 cm, gestational age <29 weeks and systemic corticosteroids. Breastfeeding at discharge decreased the risk of short stature.
Short stature at 5 years of age is common in children born preterm. The highest incidence was observed in the group with ex utero GR. Systemic steroids have a long-term impact on growth and should be used with caution. Breastfeeding at discharge appeared to be protective.
Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition 01/2011; 96(5):F348-54. · 3.45 Impact Factor