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Chorioamnionitis, gestational age, male sex, birth weight, and illness severity predicted positive autism screening scores in very-low-birth-weight preterm infants

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C Limperopoulos

Dr C Limperopoulos, Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada;


What are the prevalence and risk factors of early autistic features in young children who had very low birth weights?



inception cohort of preterm infants followed up to 18–24 months of age adjusted for prematurity.


{a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, USA}.*


consecutive series of 103 preterm infants with birth weights <1500 g (median gestational age 26 wks, 60% boys, median birth weight 890 g). Exclusion criteria were known or suspected cerebral dysgenesis, dysmorphic syndromes, or chromosomal disorders. 8 infants died, and 4 were lost to follow-up.

Prognostic factors:

maternal age and temperature, acute intrapartum or antepartum haemorrhage, preterm labour, placental infection, gestational age at birth, birth weight, sex, admission Score of …

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  • Source of funding: LifeBridge Fund; Caroline Levine Foundation; Trust Family Foundation; Canada Research Chairs Program.