Cioni Mercuri Neurological Assessment in the First Two Years of Life

Neurological Assessment in the First Two Years of Life (ebook)

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ISBN: 9781898683827

Giovanni Cioni (Editor), Eugenio Mercuri (Editor)

Series: Clinics in Developmental Medicine

Edition: 1st

Publication date: January 2008

Page count: 277

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The book provides a review of the state of the art of neurological assessment in the first two years of life and identifies the most appropriate instruments for the follow-up of newborns who are at risk of developing neurological abnormalities.

After a brief description of the neurophysiological basis of development in the first years, the book provides a comprehensive review of the various methods used for the neurological assessment in young infants describing how a combined approach of clinical and instrumental investigations can provide important diagnostic and prognostic information.

The first part of the book describes the most used clinical neurological examinations and their applications in infants with neurological abnormalities, followed by a description of the value of neuroimaging and neurophysiological techniques in normal preterm and full term infants in the first two years and the main types of abnormal MR findings of neurophysiological findings (EEG and evoked potentials) in relation to brain lesions.

Other sections include chapters describing techniques assessing specific aspects of cognitive, perceptual and sensory abilities. Special attention is given to hearing, language and communication and to development of vision and visual attention both in normal infants and in those with neonatal brain lesions.

The final chapters are devoted to intervention, describing how the identification of specific profiles of impairment can lead to the development of appropriate plans of early intervention.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 176

Giovanni Cioni (Editor)

After graduating at the Florence Medical School (Italy), Dr Cioni specialized in Child Neurology and Psychiatry and in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pisa, where he was appointed as Associate Professor in Child Neurology and Psychiatry, and in 2005 as full professor for the same discipline. He received his training in neonatal and developmental neurology with Prof. Heinz Prechtl in Groningen (NL). His research focuses mainly in the follow-up of the newborn at risk for a neurological damage, motor and perceptual development and its disorders, neuroimaging and clinical neurophysiology techniques applied to the child neurology.

Eugenio Mercuri (Editor)

After graduating in Messina Italy, Dr Mercuri joined the Department of Paediatrics at the Hammersmith Hospital in 1993. During the years at the Hammersmith Hospital (1993-2002) Dr Mercuri has worked with Dr Lilly Dubowitz and other collaborators focusing his research on neonatal neurology, and more specifically on the correlation between neurodevelopmental abnormalities and brain lesions, and on neuromuscular disorders. In 2002 he was appointed as Professor in pediatric neurology and psychiatry at the Catholic University in Rome.

  • 1. INTRODUCTION 1
  • Giovanni Cioni and Eugenio Mercuri
  • 2. NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS OF DEVELOPMENT 3
  • Janet Eyre
  • 3. NEUROLOGICAL ASSESSMENT IN NORMAL YOUNG INFANTS 24
  • Eugenio Mercuri, Leena Haataja and Lilly Dubowitz
  • 4. CLASSICAL NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION IN YOUNG INFANTS
  • WITH NEONATAL BRAIN LESIONS 38
  • Eugenio Mercuri, Leena Haataja, Daniela Ricci,
  • Frances Cowan and Lilly Dubowitz
  • 5. OTHER APPROACHES TO NEUROLOGICAL ASSESSMENT 49
  • Giovanni Cioni, Christa Einspieler and Paola Paolicelli
  • 6. MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF THE INFANT BRAIN 69
  • Mary Rutherford, Eugenio Mercuri and Frances Cowan
  • 7. DIAGNOSTIC AND PROGNOSTIC VALUE OF
  • ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY 95
  • Enrico Biagioni, Andrea Guzzetta and Giovanni Cioni
  • 8. ASSESSMENT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH-RISK INFANTS IN
  • THE FIRST TWO YEARS 120
  • Samantha Johnson and Neil Marlow
  • 9. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF LIFE 158
  • Francesco Guzzetta, Chiara Veredice and Andrea Guzzetta
  • 10. HEARING, LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION 169
  • Anna Chilosi, Paola Cipriani, Sandra Maestro and
  • Elisabetta Genovese
  • 11. DEVELOPMENT OF VISION AND VISUAL ATTENTION 198
  • Anthony Norcia and Francesca Pei
  • 12. VISUAL FUNCTION IN CHILDREN WITH NEONATAL BRAIN LESIONS 214
  • Eugenio Mercuri, Andrea Guzzetta, Francesca Tinelli,
  • Daniela Ricci and Giovanni Cioni
  • 13. FROM OBSERVATION TO REHABILITATION 230
  • Laura Zawacki and Suzann Campbell
  • 14. LONGITUDINAL MULTI-CENTRE FOLLOW-UP OF HIGH-RISK 246
  • NEONATES: CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
  • Michael Msall
  • INDEX 267

'The book contains some very useful information about the assessment, investigation and management of infants with developmental abnormalities. There is a good list of references and there are contributions from established authorities in the field. I found the chapters on the neurological assessment of normal and abnormal infants very useful. Also, the current state of research and knowledgewith respect to MRI scans and EEGs was valuable reading. The myriad of development assessment tools available is evident from the subsequent chapters, but busy clinicians can limit themselves to those they are familiar with.' S Suri, Arch Dis Child, 2009

'This book is an extremely useful and concise treatise on the multifaceted aspect of neurological assessment of children in the first 2 years of life. The authors, predominantly from Italy and England, were well chosen and write with clarity, conciseness, and expertise.' Stanley D. Johnsen, Journal of Child Neurology, 2008