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Einspieler, C; Marschik, PB; Milioti, S; Nakajima, Y; Bos, AF; Prechtl, HF.
Are abnormal fidgety movements an early marker for complex minor neurological dysfunction at puberty?
Early Hum Dev. 2007; 83(8): 521-525.
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Einspieler Christa
Marschik Peter
Prechtl Heinz
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BACKGROUND: Prechtl's method on the qualitative assessment of general movements (GMs) is a powerful tool for early and specific prediction of cerebral palsy. However, it is uncertain whether the GM assessment can be used to predict mild neurological impairment. AIMS: To determine whether the quality of general movements (GMs) from the age of 3 to 5 months, i.e. fidgety movements, is related to the presence of complex minor neurological dysfunctions (MND) 13 to 15 years later. STUDY DESIGN: Prospectively collected data on the quality of GMs during infancy were retrospectively analysed on the basis of MND at puberty. SUBJECTS: Twenty-eight participants (14 girls and 14 boys) with a median gestational age of 40 weeks (range: 35 to 42 weeks) and an appropriate birth weight (median 3390 g; range 1900 to 4200 g). OUTCOME MEASURES: Touwen's neurological examination. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Abnormal fidgety movements were not related to later complex MND, but to fine manipulative disabilities (p<0.05). Normal fidgety movements, which are continually present in the whole body, might be required for optimal calibration of the proprioceptive system.
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