Birth weight and altitude: a study in Peruvian communities.

  title={Birth weight and altitude: a study in Peruvian communities.},
  author={J P Mortola and Peter B. Frappell and L Aguero and Katey Armstrong},
  journal={The Journal of pediatrics},
  volume={136 3},
We tested the hypothesis that at high altitude birth weight decreases once a critical barometric pressure (Pb) is reached. Birth weight data covering the 1-year period from November 1997 to October 1998 were collected in Peru from the data files of 15 community and mining centers between sea level and 4575 m altitude. These centers are scattered along the main road that joins Lima (on the Pacific shore) to Cerro de Pasco (4330 m) and surroundings. Above approximately 2000 m (ie, at Pb below… CONTINUE READING

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