Title

Peripheral nerve conduction velocity and brainstem auditory evoked responses in small for gestational age preterm infants

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Kesson, AM, Henderson-Smart, DJ, Pettigrew, AG & Edwards, DA 1985, 'Peripheral nerve conduction velocity and brainstem auditory evoked responses in small for gestational age preterm infants', Early Human Development, vol. 11, no. 3-4, pp. 213-219.

Publisher version available from:
10.1016/0378-3782(85)90075-1

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Ulnar nerve conduction velocity (NCV) and brainstem auditory evoked responses (BAER) were measured in each of 11 preterm small for gestational age (SGA) infants born at less than 35 weeks gestation. The mean motor NCV in the SGA infants was similar to that reported for infants who were appropriately grown for their gestational age (AGA). However, the mean central conduction time of the BAER in SGA infants was significantly shorter than that of AGA infants of the same post-menstrual age. Thus, the precocious development of auditory brainstem neural function in preterm SGA infants is not accompanied by changes in functional maturation of the peripheral motor nerves.