15 March 2002
Babies who are large for their gestational age are more likely to have congenital anomalies than normal-weight babies, South American research shows.
Review of more than 2 million births in Brazil and Argentina found talipes calcaneovalgus (a deformity of the foot), hydrocephaly (fluid on the brain), combined angiomatoses (swelling or lesions in the blood or lymph vessels), hip subluxation (incomplete dislocation of the hip) and non-brown-pigmented naevi were all more common in larger babies. These findings were published in the Journal of Pediatrics (2002; 140: 200-4).
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