Neonatal cerebral infarction and visual function at school age

Mercuri, E., Anker, S., Guzzetta, A., Barnett, A. L., Haataja, L., Rutherford, M., Cowan, F., Dubowitz, L., Braddick, O. and Atkinson, J. (2003) Neonatal cerebral infarction and visual function at school age. Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition, 88 6: F487-F491. doi:10.1136/fn.88.6.F487

Author Mercuri, E.
Anker, S.
Guzzetta, A.
Barnett, A. L.
Haataja, L.
Rutherford, M.
Cowan, F.
Dubowitz, L.
Braddick, O.
Atkinson, J.
Title Neonatal cerebral infarction and visual function at school age
Journal name Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-2998
Publication date 2003-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/fn.88.6.F487
Volume 88
Issue 6
Start page F487
End page F491
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BMJ Group
Language eng
Subject 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Formatted abstract
Objective: To assess various aspects of visual function at school age in children with neonatal cerebral infarction.

Patients and methods: Sixteen children born at term, who had cerebral infarction of perinatal onset on neonatal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were assessed using a battery of visual tests. This included measures of crowding acuity (Cambridge Crowding Cards), stereopsis (TNO test), and visual fields. The results of the visual assessment were compared with the type and the extent of the lesion observed on neonatal MRI.

Results: Only six of the 16 children (28%) had some abnormalities of visual function on these tests. Visual abnormalities were more common in children with more extensive lesions involving the main branch of the middle cerebral artery and were less often associated with lesions in the territory of one of the cortical branches of the middle cerebral artery. The presence of visual abnormalities was not always associated with the involvement of optic radiations or occipital primary visual cortex. Abnormal visual fields were only found in children who also developed hemiplegia.

Conclusions: Abnormality of visual function is not common in children who had neonatal infarction and, when present, tends to be associated with hemiplegia and more extensive lesions.
Keyword Neonatal cerebral infarction
Visual function
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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