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Computer-aided anthropometry in the evaluation of dysmorphic children


Zankl, Andreas (2004). Computer-aided anthropometry in the evaluation of dysmorphic children. Pediatrics, 114(3):e333-e336.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Although anthropometry is widely regarded as the technique of choice for the evaluation of dysmorphic features among children, it is only rarely used in clinical practice. Possible reasons for this are the limited access of pediatricians to appropriate reference values and the time-consuming way measurements must be plotted onto growth charts. This article describes a computer program that overcomes these problems and greatly facilitates the use of anthropometric measurements in pediatric medicine.

DESIGN: A computer program for PalmOS-based, handheld computers that compares entered anthropometric measurements with age- and gender-matched reference values was developed. The software is distributed free of charge and can be downloaded (www.medgen.unizh.ch/abase/).

RESULTS: The ABase software contains age- and gender-matched reference values for 18 anthropometric measures frequently used for the evaluation of dysmorphic children. The proband's age is automatically calculated from the entered birth date and can be corrected for prematurity. Entered measurements are compared with the internal reference values; the results are displayed as percentile ranks or z scores and are plotted on digital growth charts.

CONCLUSIONS: The presented software makes anthropometric reference values easily accessible on the ward or in the clinic and greatly reduces the time needed to plot the measurements onto growth charts. This should promote more widespread use of anthropometry in pediatric medicine.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Although anthropometry is widely regarded as the technique of choice for the evaluation of dysmorphic features among children, it is only rarely used in clinical practice. Possible reasons for this are the limited access of pediatricians to appropriate reference values and the time-consuming way measurements must be plotted onto growth charts. This article describes a computer program that overcomes these problems and greatly facilitates the use of anthropometric measurements in pediatric medicine.

DESIGN: A computer program for PalmOS-based, handheld computers that compares entered anthropometric measurements with age- and gender-matched reference values was developed. The software is distributed free of charge and can be downloaded (www.medgen.unizh.ch/abase/).

RESULTS: The ABase software contains age- and gender-matched reference values for 18 anthropometric measures frequently used for the evaluation of dysmorphic children. The proband's age is automatically calculated from the entered birth date and can be corrected for prematurity. Entered measurements are compared with the internal reference values; the results are displayed as percentile ranks or z scores and are plotted on digital growth charts.

CONCLUSIONS: The presented software makes anthropometric reference values easily accessible on the ward or in the clinic and greatly reduces the time needed to plot the measurements onto growth charts. This should promote more widespread use of anthropometry in pediatric medicine.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Medical Genetics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health
Language:English
Date:September 2004
Deposited On:17 Jan 2023 15:49
Last Modified:28 Apr 2024 01:44
Publisher:American Academy of Pediatrics
ISSN:0031-4005
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2004-0045
PubMed ID:15342894