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Original Articles

IMAJ | volume

Journal 11, November 2001
pages: 805-808

Blood pressure values in children with intrauterine growth retardation

    Summary

    Background: Low birth weight has been shown to be strongly related to hypertension in adult life.

    Objective: To determine whether blood pressure is higher in children with intruterine growth retardation than in control subjects.

    Methods: Blood pressure was measured in 58 children aged 4-6 years with IUGR and in 58 age-matched controls. The control children, whose birth weight was appropriate for gestational age, were also matched for gestational age.

    Results: The children with IUGR had significantly higher mean values of systolic (p<0.05) and diastolic blood pressures (p<0.05) and mean arterial pressure (p<0.05). Significant differences in blood pressure values were found between preterm IUGR (n=21) and preterm controls (p<0.05).

    Conclusion: These data indicate that children with IUGR may be at higher risk of hypertension already in childhood.

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