BAEPs in infants with myelomeningocele and later development of Chiari II malformation-related brainstem dysfunction.

Academic Article


  • Thirty-seven infants with myelomeningocele received brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEPs) at a median age of eight days. No infant had brainstem dysfunction at the time of testing. Median follow-up was at 30 months. Of 12 infants who subsequently developed brainstem dysfunction at a median age of three months, 11 had had abnormal neonatal BAEPs. In contrast, only 10 of 25 infants who did not develop brainstem dysfunction had abnormal BAEPs. The mean average I-V interpeak latencies was greater among those who developed symptoms than among those who did not. Neonatal BAEPs can identify a group of asymptomatic infants with myelomeningocele who need close follow-up for the subsequent development of brainstem dysfunction.
  • Authors


  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation, Brain Stem, Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Brain Stem, False Positive Reactions, Female, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Male, Median Nerve, Meningomyelocele, Predictive Value of Tests, Reproducibility of Results, Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Pubmed Id

  • 1339084
  • Author List

  • Worley G; Erwin CW; Schuster JM; Park Y; Boyko OB; Griebel ML; Weidman ER; Radtke RA; Oakes WJ
  • Start Page

  • 707
  • End Page

  • 715
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 8