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Orofacial Development of Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants Versus Term Infants

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified February 2007 by University Hospital Muenster.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
NUK Baby Care, Mapa GmbH, Industriestrasse 21-25, 27404 Zeven
TOP-Service für Lingualtechnik GmbH, Lindenstr. 42, 49152 Bad Essen
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University Hospital Muenster Identifier:
First received: December 6, 2006
Last updated: March 23, 2009
Last verified: February 2007
Preterm infants account for 6 % of all live-births in western societies. Scientific evidence can be found for altered palatal morphology in the short term among preterm children. Oral intubation and orogastric feeding might be contributing factors to these alterations, but it has not been examined whether in the absence of these interventions preterm infants' palates are altered a priori as compared to term infants, e.g. due to immaturity of the bones or due to immaturity of oral function. Because of contradictory results, lack of longitudinal and high quality standard studies, the scientific evidence is also to weak to answer the question whether premature birth without or with a history of orotracheal intubation and orogastric feeding causes permanent alteration of orofacial development. The aim of the present study, therefore is to investigate in consideration of perinatal, biometrical, nutritional, functional and parental parameters.

Condition Intervention
Premature Birth
Infant, Newborn
Behavioral: palatal development

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Prospective (Multicentre) Epidemiologic Longitudinal Study of Orofacial Development of Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants Compared to Term Infants in Consideration of Perinatal, Biometrical, Nutritional, Functional and Parental Parameters

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Further study details as provided by University Hospital Muenster:

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: January 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: palatal development
    Impressions of preterm and term palates.
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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 5 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Caucasian preterm and term babies

Inclusion Criteria:

  • infants of the tertiary care level University Hospital of Münster
  • delivery between May 1999 and December 2008
  • caucasian origin
  • written informed consent by both parents

Exclusion Criteria:

  • history of orotracheal intubation / orogastric tube feeding
  • hydrocephalus
  • palatal cleft, congenital syndrome, head / neck malformation
  • congenital metabolic disease beyond osteopenia of prematurity
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00408746

Contact: Ariane Hohoff, PD Dr. ++49 251 8347102
Contact: Thomas Stamm, PD Dr. ++49 251 8347101

Universitätsklinikum Münster Recruiting
Münster, NRW, Germany, 48129
Contact: Ariane Hohoff, PD Dr.    0049 251 8347102   
Contact: Thomas Stamm, PD Dr.    0049 251 8347101   
Sub-Investigator: Thomas Stamm, PD Dr.         
Sub-Investigator: Heike Rabe, PD Dr.         
Sub-Investigator: Isabell Hörning-Franz, Dr.         
Sub-Investigator: Ulrike Ehmer, Prof. Dr.         
Sub-Investigator: Erik Harms, Prof. Dr.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital Muenster
NUK Baby Care, Mapa GmbH, Industriestrasse 21-25, 27404 Zeven
TOP-Service für Lingualtechnik GmbH, Lindenstr. 42, 49152 Bad Essen
Principal Investigator: Ariane Hohoff, PD Dr. Universitätsklinikum Münster, Germany
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