Karin Stjernqvist

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BACKGROUND There is an absence of population-based long-term studies on the risk of neurological sequelae in children born after in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). Our aim was to compare the frequency of such problems between IVF-born children and controls. METHODS We did a population-based retrospective cohort study in which we compared development of(More)
Since the mid-1990s several studies have reported poor school performance in extremely preterm infants. The necessity to provide a full picture of the child's situation has been indicated. In a southern Swedish population 32,120 infants were born during the 2-y period 1985-1986. In total, 121 infants (0.4%) were reported liveborn before the 29th gestational(More)
This study is the first to examine a large group of children born after in-vitro fertilization (IVF) who were old enough at the time of the investigation to make it possible to draw conclusions about the outcome. The aim of the study was to assess the cognitive, behavioural and social development of the children. The study comprised 99 IVF children, 33-85(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) with absent or reversed end-diastolic blood flow in the umbilical artery and very preterm birth on cognitive outcome at 5 to 8 years of age. METHODS We studied 34 children with IUGR born at a median of 26.9 gestational weeks (GWs) (range: 24-29 GWs) (PT-IUGR), 34 matched preterm(More)
IMPORTANCE Active perinatal care increases survival of extremely preterm infants; however, improved survival might be associated with increased disability among survivors. OBJECTIVE To determine neurodevelopmental outcome in extremely preterm children at 2.5 years (corrected age). DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Population-based prospective cohort of(More)
PURPOSE Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a neurophysiologic treatment for patients with refractory epilepsy. There is growing evidence of additional quality of life (QOL) benefits of VNS. We report the effects of VNS on seizure frequency and severity and how these changes are related to cognitive abilities, QOL, behaviour and mood in 15 children with(More)
Preterm birth carries a risk for impaired developmental outcome. We have previously described an association between increased levels of proinflammatory cytokines during the first 72 postnatal hours and cerebral damage as detected by ultrasound in a cohort of 74 very preterm infants. Sixty-seven of 71 surviving children with a mean gestational age of 27.1(More)
PURPOSE We describe the impact of bladder exstrophy on the behavior, self-esteem and quality of life of children as well as on the parents, and analyze the need for psychological intervention. MATERIALS AND METHODS All 7 boys and 8 girls 3 to 18 years old (median age 11) under treatment at a tertiary pediatric surgery clinic were included in our followup(More)
The aim of the present pilot study was to investigate the impact of early intervention in the form of family-centred developmentally supportive care according to NIDCAP((R)) (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program) on the development and behaviour of the child and on the mother-child interaction at 3 years of age. Two groups of(More)
AIM Care based on the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) has been reported to exert a positive impact on the development of prematurely born infants. The aim of the present investigation was to determine the effect of such care on the development at preschool age of children born with a gestational age of less than 32(More)