FN3 Developmental Follow Up
Florida Neonatal Neurologic Network is committed to caring for and following all of our patients and just recently were able to start the follow up Brain Team appointments at UFHealth Shands Gainesville. The clinic went live on March 9th and marked the start of this wonderful neurodevelopmental assessment in which we are able to collaborate with neurology and perform a Bayley III neurological exam. The patients seen in clinic are high risk infants aged 18 months to 2 years of age.
As a network FN3 is collecting very important data with the collection of serum samples. The sample data, coupled with the results from Bailey III exams, will demonstrate a correlation between serum biomarker concentrations and outcomes. These results will also strongly support FN3's theory that the concentrations of UCH-L1 and GFAP will decrease to concentrations comparable to controls over the first 24 hours of hypothermia, which allows the accuracy of predicting which infants will respond to therapeutic hypothermia. The neonates who will respond and have favorable outcomes will have lower pre-treatment GFAP and UCH-L1 concentrations than non-responders.
Pictures and updates on the Developmental Follow will be posted on the website.