Intrauterine growth retardation: a study of long-term morbidity

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1982 Mar 15;142(6 Pt 1):670-7. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9378(16)32439-5.


Reported is the second phase of a prospective follow-up study of 76 growth-retarded children who were mature at birth and a control group of 88 children who had weights appropriate for gestational age at birth. Follow-up assessments of motor, cognitive, and language development were made between 1 and 6 years of age. The children of the intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) group continued to be smaller than the children of the control group between 12 and 60 months of age. There was no significant difference in the incidences of motor and cognitive handicap or developmental delay, language developmental delay, and tests of vision and hearing between the children of the IUGR group and the children of the control group. There was no significant differences in performance in senior kindergarten between the children of the IUGR group and those of the control group. There was a significant relationship between the socioeconomic status, as measured by the Blishen score at birth, and the subsequent occurrence of motor and cognitive deficits.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Body Height
  • Body Weight
  • Child
  • Child Development / physiology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Female
  • Fetal Growth Retardation / physiopathology*
  • Hearing / physiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intelligence Tests
  • Language Development
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Motor Skills / physiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Prospective Studies
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Vision, Ocular / physiology