Journal of Pediatric Neurology
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1709719
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Early Psychomotor Advantage in Moderately Preterm Twins Born between 32 and 33 Weeks

Laura Turriziani
1  Unit of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Human Pathology of the Adult and Developmental Age “Gaetano Barresi,” University of Messina, Messina, Italy
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Anna Cafeo
1  Unit of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Human Pathology of the Adult and Developmental Age “Gaetano Barresi,” University of Messina, Messina, Italy
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Gaetana Pino
1  Unit of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Human Pathology of the Adult and Developmental Age “Gaetano Barresi,” University of Messina, Messina, Italy
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Noemi Vetrano
1  Unit of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Human Pathology of the Adult and Developmental Age “Gaetano Barresi,” University of Messina, Messina, Italy
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Angela Alibrandi
2  Unit of Statistical and Mathematical Sciences, Department of Economics, University of Messina, Messina, Italy
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1  Unit of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Human Pathology of the Adult and Developmental Age “Gaetano Barresi,” University of Messina, Messina, Italy
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Publication History

23 October 2019

02 March 2020

Publication Date:
15 April 2020 (online)

Abstract

Twin birth may represent a challenging event often associated with prematurity. We previously reported on developmental trajectories in preterm children categorized by gestational age. Based on the same study population, in this study we investigated the influence of gemellarity on the neurodevelopment of 73 twins (26.4%) and 207 singletons (73.6%), categorized into three groups according to their gestational age. The age of the achievement of developmental milestones between the three groups and the influence of preperinatal events on neurodevelopment were analyzed. An early neurodevelopmental advantage was detected in preterm twins born between 32 and 33 weeks. Environmental and nurturing factors may explain these findings.