Perinatal Events and Brain Damage in Surviving Children

  • Fred Kubli
  • Naren Patel
  • W. Schmidt
  • O. Linderkamp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Epidemiology

  3. Biology and Pathogenetic Mechanisms

  4. Intrauterine Deprivation — Growth Retardation and Chronic Hypoxia

  5. Intrapartum Asphyxia and Birth Trauma

  6. Intracranial Hemorrhage and Ischemia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. H. C. Lou, G. Greisen, A. Tweed
      Pages 211-215
    3. M. Brand, E. Saling
      Pages 216-227
  7. Prognosis of the Very Low Birthweight and Very Preterm Infant

  8. Recent Follow-up Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. R. Ruggia, R. Belitzky, C. López De Cayaffa, A. Aznárez, J. L. Díaz Rossello, D. Fonseca et al.
      Pages 305-312
    3. K. P. Riegel, B. Ohrt
      Pages 313-321
    4. N. Veelken, K. Stollhoff, P. Winkler, K. Helmke, F. J. Schulte
      Pages 322-329
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 331-340

About these proceedings


Decision making in modem obstetrics and perinatology is con­ trolled by a variety of different factors, but there is little doubt that in industrialized countries one of the most powerful single factors is the concern and fear of causing permanent brain damage in the unborn and newborn. The dramatic increase in the rates of abdom­ inal deliveries in many parts of the world is certainly rooted to a substantial part in the ~bstetrician's concern not so much about possible perinatal death, but more so about permanent brain dam­ age in surviving children. This trend has been accelerated by the increasing number of litigations in connection with brain damage observed in many societies. This problem itself has many aspects, but it seems evident that litigation - justified or unjustified - is one modem expression of the human and social tragedy inflicted on individuals and families by the birth of a brain-damaged child. The medical, social, and human importance of the problem is in sharp contrast to the relative lack of scientific knowledge avail­ able. This became very clear when the National Institutes of Health published the excellent review in 1985 on "Prenatal and Perinatal Factors Associated with Brain Disorders" and its editor, J. M.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Fred Kubli
    • 1
  • Naren Patel
    • 2
  • W. Schmidt
    • 3
  • O. Linderkamp
    • 4
  1. 1.FrauenklinikKlinikum der Universität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Reproductive Medicine Office, Wards 37/38, Level 6, Ninewells HospitalThe University DundeeDundeeUK
  3. 3.FrauenklinikKlinikum der Universität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  4. 4.Kinderklinik Im Neuenheimer FeldKlinikum der Universität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-72852-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-72850-1
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