Intracranial haemorrhage affects more than 1 liveborn term infant in 100. The range of aetiologies has been expanded from trauma due to breech or instrumental delivery, to birth asphyxia, haemorrhagic diathesis, infection and prenatal injury. A shift towards diagnosis in life has been brought about by the application of ultrasound, CT and NMR imaging. Survival of most affected infants has encouraged neonatologists and paediatric radiologists to describe their findings in the past decade, yielding a wealth of data. Medicolegal implications surrounding delivery and neonatal care have increased the demand for thorough description of perinatal intracranial events.
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'This is a well-written concise account of an important topic. Its emphasis on diagnosis and pathogenesis will appeal to neonatologists and obstetricians, trainees and established practitioners alike. I strongly recommend this book to pathologists who examine perinatal deaths, for whom imprecise descriptions and inappropriate conclusions can have very serious medico-legal implications.'
J W Keeling, Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
'Accepted wisdom has it that true birth trauma rarely occurs. Dr Paul Govaert takes a rather different view. Paediatricians mostly think of cranial haemorrhage as affecting preterm infants, but this book concentrates on the term infant.'
Early Human Development
'A detailed review of a large number of cases is a useful guide for clinical practice since individual neonatologists and radiologists may have been involved with few cases. The book is also well referenced and would make an excellent introduction for those wishing to pursue further study in this area.'
S Ryan, The British Journal of Radiology
'This book is unique in its extensive research. One of the strengths of this book is to relate these findings during life to observations at post-mortem examination. This book overall has an air of authority as it introduces clinicians to various types of cranial haemorrhage and their aetiologies.'
A W D'Souza, British Journal of Obstet. Gynaecol.
'This is an important contribution as a sourcebook for the paediatrician or general practitioner who cares for newborn infants. This composite guide will facilitate the novice and further the veteran in their respective activities.'
The Journal of Pediatrics