Estimation of gestational age at birth. Comparison of two methods

Arch Dis Child. 1978 Jun;53(6):509-11. doi: 10.1136/adc.53.6.509.


Seventy-three low birthweight babies were independently assessed for gestational age using the scoring system of Dubowitz et al. (1970) and 5 neurological reflexes described by Robinson (1966). The results obtained by the 5 reflexes were compared with those obtained by the scoring system and were found to be accurate estimations of gestational age. The 5 reflexes may be used for babies of gestational ages 29 to 37 weeks, but above 37 weeks the scoring system must be used.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Gestational Age*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Methods
  • Reflex / physiology