Intrapartum asphyxia and cerebral palsy

Pediatrics. 1988 Aug;82(2):240-9.


Signs of presumed hypoxia/asphyxia of the fetus are not uncommon and can be detected during labor, in the delivery room, and during the early neonatal period. Virtually no single sign or symptom has sufficient correlation to enable prediction of later cerebral palsy with a reasonable degree of medical certainty. To attribute cerebral palsy to prior asphyxia with reasonable certainty, there must be evidence that a substantial hypoxic injury occurred and that a sequence of events ensued which would prove the clinical impact of that hypoxic insult. Few cases of cerebral palsy meet these criteria.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acidosis / complications
  • Apgar Score
  • Asphyxia Neonatorum / complications
  • Asphyxia Neonatorum / diagnosis*
  • Brain Diseases / complications
  • Cerebral Palsy / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pregnancy