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The present condition of Korean children born small for gestational age

Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2009;52(2):137-141.
Published online February 15, 2009.
The present condition of Korean children born small for gestational age
Il Tae Hwang
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea
국내 부당경량아의 현황
한림대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
Il Tae Hwang, Email: ithwang83@hallym.or.kr
Depending on the definition used, between 3% and 10% of live neonates are small for gestational age (SGA). The definition of SGA requires the following: (1) accurate knowledge of gestational age; (2) accurate measurements at birth of weight, length, and head circumference; (3) a cutoff, which has been variably set at the 10th percentile, 3rd percentile, or at less than 2 standard deviation from the mean, and (4) race and ethnicity-specific growth curve. Consensus statements are needed on the management of growth hormone therapy in SGA children, as well as treatment and long-term health outcomes such as impaired cognitive function, increased risk of adult cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Key Words: Small for gestational age, Definition, Consensus

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