Neurodevelopmental outcomes at 5years of age in congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate neurodevelopmental sequelae in congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) children at 5years of age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study cohort of 35 CDH patients was enrolled in our follow-up program between 06/2004 and 09/2014. The neurodevelopmental outcomes assessed at a median of 5years (range, 4-6) included cognition (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence [WPPSI], n=35), Visual-Motor-Integration (n=35), academic achievement (Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement, n=25), and behavior problems (Child Behavior Check List [CBCL], n=26). Scores were grouped as average, borderline, or extremely low by SD intervals. RESULTS: Although mean Full (93.9±19.4), Verbal (93.4±18.4), and Performance (95.2±20.9) IQ were within the expected range, significantly more CDH children had borderline (17%) and extremely low (17%) scores in at least one domain compared to normative cohorts (P<0.02). The Visual-Motor-Integration score was below population average (P<0.001). Academic achievement scores were similar to expected means for those children who were able to complete testing. CBCL scores for the emotionally reactive (23%) and pervasive developmental problems scales (27%) were more likely to be abnormal compared to normal population scores (P=0.02 and P=0.0003, respectively). Autism was diagnosed in 11%, which is significantly higher than the general population (P<0.01). Univariate analysis suggests that prolonged NICU stay, prolonged intubation, tracheostomy placement, pulmonary hypertension, autism, hearing impairment, and developmental delays identified during infancy are associated with worse cognitive outcomes (P<0.05). CONCLUSION: The majority of CDH children have neurodevelopmental outcomes within the average range at 5years of age. However, rates of borderline and extremely low IQ scores are significantly higher than in the general population. CDH survivors are also at increased risk for developing symptoms of emotionally reactive and pervasive developmental problems. Risk of autism is significantly elevated. Disease severity and early neurological dysfunction appear to be predictive of longer-term impairments.

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Cited Authors

  • Danzer, E; Hoffman, C; D'Agostino, JA; Gerdes, M; Bernbaum, J; Antiel, RM; Rintoul, NE; Herkert, LM; Flake, AW; Adzick, NS; Hedrick, HL

Published Date

  • March 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 437 - 443

PubMed ID

  • 27622588

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1531-5037

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.08.008


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States