Precision of gestational age assessment in the neonate.

  title={Precision of gestational age assessment in the neonate.},
  author={Luigi Gagliardi and F C Scimone and A DelPrete and C Petecca and Giorgio Stival and G Pasinetti and M Teani and Paola Bianchi and Miris Marani and Piergiorgio Duca},
  journal={Acta paediatrica},
  volume={81 2},
The precision of the Ballard scale for assessing gestational age (GA) was evaluated in a consecutive sample of 227 preterm and/or low-birth-weight neonates. Each newborn was rated independently by two neonatologists and the difference in GA estimation between them was computed. The estimated precision was not high, the 95% tolerance interval estimate being as large as 7.4 weeks. The precision of the neurologic and physical parts of the scale was poorer than that of the complete scale (95% of… CONTINUE READING

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