White matter brain injuries in infants may predict altered childhood cognitive function

Giving preterm infants qualitative MRIs when they reach term-equivalent age may help predict cognitive impairments as late as age 9, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. The study found that white matter injury found at 38 weeks to 42 weeks was correlated with altered cognitive function at 9 years old.

“MRI scans can reveal whether babies have any brain damage that is likely to cause problems as they grow and develop.”
-Srinivasa Girish, MBBS, MRCPCH, consultant neonatologist and pediatrician for Cloudnine Hospital in Jayangar, Bangalore, India

Identifying these problems early can help physicians formulate better follow-up strategies, said the authors, who recruited subjects from Nagano Children’s Hospital in Japan. While it is known that white matter injury is linked to...

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