We investigated whether the extent of fetal growth restriction (FGR) in terms of not only birth weight but length and head circumference at birth is correlated with an increased risk of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in preterm infants.
A total of 4,940 very low birth weight (VLBW) infants born between 23 and 31 weeks of gestation from 2013 to 2015 who were registered in the Korean Neonatal Network (KNN) database were enrolled.
Infants with major congenital malformations and those with incomplete data were excluded.
Z-scores for weight, length, and head circumference at birth were calculated from the Fenton 2013 growth curve.
Multivariable logistic regression analysis was performed to determine whether the z-score for length at birth was associated with BPD or death before 36 postmenstrual weeks.