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Prognosis for Babies Needing Brain Drainage is Poor

by Rajshri on  May 30, 2008 at 2:00 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
 Prognosis for Babies Needing Brain Drainage is Poor
A new study by researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta has suggested that babies requiring drainage of brain fluid to prevent build up of cranial pressure face a poor prognosis. The team said that cognitive impairment was a real danger in such babies.
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The study involved 6161 infants born weighing 401 to 1000 grams. It may be noted here that infants having very low birth weight are more prone to develop a condition called hydrocephalus, which is also called as water in the brain.

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In this study some 13 percent of the infants developed the condition and 3 percent had a shunt inserted for drainage. The researchers report that infants who needed a shunt had significantly lower scores on a standard infant development index. This was as compared with children who had no shunt inserted.

Some 86 percent of children who had shunts showed impaired neurological development during the follow-up period of 18 to 22 months.

The details of the study appear in the medical journal Pediatrics.

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