Intrauterine Growth Retardation in Developing and Developed Countries

  • Cipriano A. Canosa
  • Francisco Morcillo Sopena
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 161)


The birthweight of a newborn baby is the result of the interaction between genetic and environmental factors and is crucial in determining survival and quality of life. Low birthweight (L.B.W.) infants from different parts of the world show great differences in etiology, incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, and impact on physical and mental development. In this chapter we describe and discuss results from both the developing and developed world and look in particular at three studies — an epidemiological study involving 43 obstetric/pediatric centres throughout India; a cross-sectional study involving four different social groups in Bangladesh; and a longitudinal study still in progress in Spain.


Perinatal Mortality Socioeconomic Group Intrauterine Growth Retardation Home Delivery Chest Circumference 
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  • Cipriano A. Canosa
    • 1
  • Francisco Morcillo Sopena
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics“La Fe” Childrens HospitalValenciaSpain

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