Journal Article

Neue Perzentilwerte für die Körpermaße neugeborener Drillinge: Ergebnisse der deutschen Perinatalerhebung der Jahre 2007-2011 unter Beteiligung aller Bundesländer

Voigt, M., Olbertz, D. M., Hentschel, R., Kunze, M., Hagenah, H.-P., Scholz, R. D., Wittwer-Backofen, U., Hesse, V., Straube, S.
New percentile values for the athropometric dimensions of triplet neonates: analysis of perinatal survey data of 2007-2011 from all states of Germany
Zeitschrift für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie, 220:2, 66–73 (2016)


Aim: We aimed to develop national reference values for birth weight, length, head circumference, and weight for length for newborn triplets based on data from the German perinatal survey of 2007–2011.

Material and Methods: Perinatal survey data of 3,690 newborn triplets from all the states of Germany were kindly provided to us by the AQUA Institute in Göttingen, Germany. Data of 3,567 newborn triplets were included in the analyses. Sex-specific percentile values were calculated using cumulative frequencies. Percentile values at birth were computed for the 3rd, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, and 97th percentiles for 21–36 completed weeks of gestation.

Results and Conclusions: We present the first German reference values (tables and curves) for the anthropometric dimensions of triplet neonates and compare selected birth weight and length percentiles of triplets (after 32 and 34 completed weeks of gestation) to those of singletons and twins. The differences in the 50th birth weight percentiles between singletons and triplets after 32 completed weeks of gestation were 180 g for girls and 210 g for boys; after 34 weeks of gestation the differences were 320 and 325 g, respectively. The differences between twins and triplets after 32 weeks of gestation were 100 g for girls and 120 g for boys; after 34 weeks of gestation they were 130 and 135 g, respectively. The data presented here enable the classification of newborn triplets according to somatic parameters making reference to German perinatal data.

Keywords: birth weight - birth length - head circumference - German Perinatal Survey - triplets

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