Prechtl's Method of Qualitative Assessment of General Movements in Preterm, Term and Young Infants

Prechtl's Method of Qualitative Assessment of General Movements in Preterm, Term and Young Infants

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A quick, non-invasive, non-intrusive and cost-effective method with high reliability and high validity is much in demand for the early detection of neurological anomalies which point to cerebral palsy and developmental deficits later on in life. Over his years as a distinguished developmental neurologist, Heinz Prechtl has devised such a method; a qualitative assessment of general movements as a specific predictor for neurological impairments. His method is described in this book. General movements form part of a distinct pattern of movements in preterm babies, term newborns and young infants. They are complex, frequent, and usually of sufficient length. Changes in the normal quality of general movements are a reliable indicator of brain more

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  • Mac Keith Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1898683743
  • 9781898683742

About Christa Einspieler

Christa Einspieler is Professor of Physiology at the Medical University of Graz in Austria Heinz Prechtl is Professor Emeritus of Developmental Neurology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and Honorary Professor of the Medical University of Graz, Austria Arend F. Bos is Professor of Neonatology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Fabrizio Ferrari is Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Modena and Reggio emilia, Italy. Giovanni Cioni is Professor of Child Neurology of Pisa and Stella Maris Foundation, Italyshow more

Table of contents

Authors' appointments; Introduction: how it all came about; 1. Basic concepts of developmental neurology; 2. What are spontaneous movements?; 3. How to record and assess general movements?; 4. What could interfere with the quality of movements?; 5. How objective, reliable and valid is the general movement assessment?; 6. The clinical application of the method; 7. Quantitative assessment is an insensitive indicator of an impaired integrity of the nervous system; 8. Brain ultrasound and general movement assessment; 9. Neurological examination and general movement assessment; 10. What other methods of general movement exist?; Epilogue; References; more