556: Low apgar score in term newborns and long term nfectious morbidity: a population based cohort study with up to 18 years of follow-up Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective Low Apgar scores (< 7) measured at age 5 minutes can predict short-term infant morbidity and mortality. We aimed to study the risk for long term infectious morbidity in term infants with low 5 minutes Apgar scores compared to infants with higher Apgar scores, during a follow-up period of up to 18 years. Study Design A population based cohort analysis was performed comparing total as well as specific subtypes of infectious morbidity leading to hospitalization (up to the age of 18 years) among newborns with normal (≥ 7) and low (< 7) 5 minutes Apgar scores. The analysis included all term singletons born between the years 1999-2013 at a single tertiary regional medical center. Infants with congenital malformations and perinatal deaths were excluded. Infectious morbidity included hospitalizations involving a pre-defined set of ICD-9 codes, as recorded in the hospital …

publication date

  • January 1, 2017