Table 2

Anthropometry from birth to discharge of preterm babies treated or not with dexamethasone

Treatment group (n=15)Control group (n=15)
Values are expressed as number (%) or as mean (SD).
Data at birth
    Body weight below 3rd centile (%)2 (13.3)3 (20)
    Body length below 3rd centile (%)3 (20)2 (13.3)
    Head circumference below 3rd centile (%)2 (13.3)2 (13.3)
Data at discharge
    Body weight below 3rd centile (%)3 (20)4 (26.7)
    Body length below 3rd centile (%)3 (20)2 (13.3)
    Head circumference below 3rd centile (%)3 (20)3 (20)
Anthropometry from birth to discharge
    Postconceptional age (weeks)41.1 (2.0)41.0 (2.0)
    Weight gain (g/kg/day)18.9 (5.0)19.7 (4.1)
    Length gain (cm/week)0.82 (0.23)0.95 (0.16)
    Head circumference gain (cm/week)0.73 (0.22)0.65 (0.23)