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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182a31704
Research Article

Motor Development of Infants With Univentricular Heart at the Ages of 16 and 52 Weeks

Rajantie, Irmeli PT, MSc; Laurila, Maarit PT, MSc; Pollari, Kirsi PT, MSc; Lönnqvist, Tuula MD, PhD; Sarajuuri, Anne MD, PhD; Jokinen, Eero MD, PhD; Mälkiä, Esko PT, PhD

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Abstract

Purpose:

To compare the motor development of patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and other types of univentricular heart (UVH) with peers who are healthy at the ages of 16 and 52 weeks.

Methods:

Motor development was assessed with the Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS).

Results:

Both the 23 patients with HLHS and the 13 patients with UVH had lower total AIMS scores in both observations than the controls. At the age of 52 weeks, patients with HLHS had significantly lower scores in all 4 AIMS subscales, whereas patients with UVH had lower scores only in the prone and standing subscales.

Conclusion:

Motor development of patients with HLHS or UVH is delayed during the first year of life, especially in the prone and standing subscales.

© 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association

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