Early diagnosis of perinatal cerebral lesions in apparently normal full-term newborns by ultrasound of the brain

Neuroradiology. 1993;35(2):85-91. doi: 10.1007/BF00593960.


The brains of 1000 consecutive, clinically normal, full-term neonate without signs of perinatal distress were examined by ultrasound 3 days postpartum. We found 35 cases of intracranial haemorrhage (periventricular, choroid plexus and intraventricular); 34 possible sequelae of bleeding (subependymal and choroid plexus pseudocysts; local dilatation of the lateral ventricles) and 21 morphological aberrations. Most of these 90 abnormalities were checked several times. Four children with intracranial haemorrhage developed symptoms (3 hemipareses, 1 infantile spasm) within a year of birth. No child without sonographic abnormalities has so far been recognized as developing a clinical deficit.

MeSH terms

  • Brain / abnormalities*
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging*
  • Echoencephalography*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn