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Reduction in general intelligence and executive function persists into adulthood among very preterm or very low birthweight children
  1. Jon Skranes1,2,
  2. Gro C C Løhaugen2
  1. 1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children's and Women's Health, Medical Faculty, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway;
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, Sørlandet Hospital, Arendal, Norway
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jon Skranes, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children's and Women's Health, Medical Faculty, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim 7048, Norway; jon.skranes{at}ntnu.no

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ABSTRACT FROM: Eryigit Madzwamuse S, Baumann N, Jaekel J, et al. Neuro-cognitive performance of very preterm or very low birth weight adults at 26 years. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 2015;56:857–64.

What is already known on this topic

Reduced intelligence and executive function deficits have been reported in very preterm (VP) and very low birthweight (VLBW) survivors in childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.1 The aim of the present study was to compare general cognitive ability (IQ) and executive functioning (EF) of adults born VP/VLBW with term born controls at 26 years.

Methods of the study

The study population consisted of 217 VP/VLBW and 197 controls aged 26 years from the Bavarian Longitudinal Study (a geographically defined prospective cohort study of neonatal at-risk children born in 1985/1986 in Southern Germany). IQ was …

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