What is the role of brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) testing in determining prognosis of perinatal asphyxia?

Updated: Oct 25, 2019
  • Author: Andrew B Evans, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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In a study of 78 children with perinatal asphyxia who were screened with BAEPs, only 37 of the 78 developed neurodevelopmental deficits, consisting of static encephalopathy or developmental delay. [36] BAEP abnormalities were seen in 40.5% of these patients and demonstrated a specificity of 87.8%. With these findings, BAEPs may help predict adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes after perinatal asphyxia.


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