Cerebral palsy linked to maternal fever

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 19 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:143
  1. Alison Boulton
  1. London

    Babies of normal birth weight who are exposed to infection and maternal fever while in the uterus seem to have a ninefold increased risk of developing cerebral palsy.

    Maternal or placental infection had been associated with an increased risk of cerebral palsy in low birthweight babies. In a recent study American researchers studied the records of babies born in hospital in California between 1983 and 1985, all of whom weighed at least 2500g at birth. In all, 46 children …

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