Catch-up Growth of Supine Length/Height of Very Low Birth Weight, Small for Gestational Age Preterm Infants to Adulthood
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2005.06.034
Title: Catch-up Growth of Supine Length/Height of Very Low Birth Weight, Small for Gestational Age Preterm Infants to Adulthood
Journal Title: The Journal of Pediatrics
Volume: 147
Issue: 5
Publication Date: November 2005
Start Page: 662
End Page: 668
Published online: online 13 November 2005
ISSN: 0022-3476
Author: Ingeborg Brandt, MD, Elisabeth J. Sticker, PhD, Ruth Gausche, Michael J. Lentze, MD
Affiliations:
  • From the Children's Hospital Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • Accepted: 3 June 2005
    Received: 17 January 2005
    Revised: 11 May 2005
    Keywords: AGA, Appropriate for gestational age; AH, Adult height; BMI, Body mass index; EQ, Energy quotient; HC, Head circumference; MH, Maximum height before the catch-down; MIT, Mannheimer Intelligence Test; MPH, Midparental height; PI, Ponderal index; SD, Standard deviation; SDS, Standard deviation score;
    Conclusions: Height catch-up extended beyond age 6 years, independent of HC growth. We could not predict height catch-down or successful catch-up.
    Result: Forty-six percent of VLBW SGA (21 of 46) had complete height catch-up by adult age, and most became taller than target height (TH) (15 of 21; 71%). The others did not catch up; most of them remained shorter than TH (18 of 25; 72%) after initial catch-up followed by catch-down growth. Mean adult height z-score was lower than that for birth length. Mean body mass index was similar in the catch-up and no catch-up groups (21.8 and 21.3, respectively) and lower than in the controls (23.2). Approximately 1/2 of the head circumference (HC) catch-up children achieved height catch-up as well.ConclusionsHeight catch-up extended beyond age 6 years, independent of HC growth. We could not predict height catch-down or successful catch-up.
    Email: Ingeborg.Brandt@ukb.uni

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