In and ex utero maturation of premature infants electroencephalographic indices Academic Article uri icon


  • Objectives To assess the effect of extra uterine life on continuity and amplitude of premature infants’ cerebral activity at different gestational age as compared to soon after birth. Methods Stable infants less than 34 weeks gestation were prospectively recruited and EEG was recorded bi-weekly. Interburst interval and different wavelength amplitudes were digitally measured during the most discontinuous and most continuous (periods with longest and shortest interburst intervals, respectively) parts of the tracings. Linear regression was used to assess conceptional age prediction of interburst interval and wavelength amplitudes. Significant regression results were compared to the group of babies recorded close to delivery (newborn group). Results 144 EEG tracings from 59 infants were analyzed. Interburst intervals were significantly predicted by conceptional age in the newborn group only (p â©˝ 0.002). Delta and theta amplitudes were significantly predicted by conceptional age in the newborn group and most of the other conceptional age groups (p < 0.004). No significant differences were detected between the different groups. Conclusions Our data reiterates the normal maturation of cerebral activity in the premature infant and support the concept of similar in and ex-utero maturation of cerebral activity in stable premature infants. Significance The effect of ex-utero maturation on the brain of stable premature infant is not readily discernible when using specific neonatal EEG indices.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014