Bilateral hemodynamic responses to auditory stimulation in newborn infants

Kalle Kotilahti, Ilkka Nissilä, Minna Huotilainen, Riikka Mäkelä, Nasia Gavrielides, Tommi Noponen, Patrick Björkman, Vineta Fellman, Toivo Katila

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We studied hemodynamic auditory evoked responses of 20 healthy full-term neonates with near-infrared spectroscopy. The instrument used allows the measurements to be performed simultaneously above both auditory cortices. The stimulation consisted of 5-s trains of sound (700-ms interstimulus interval) with a 25-s silent interval. In response to the stimulation, a significant increase in concentration of oxygenated hemoglobin was detected in 14 out of 21 measurements. The mean latency of the largest response was 9.63 +/- 2.20s (mean +/- SD) and the mean amplitude was 1.02 +/- 0.53 mu M. The response amplitude was significantly larger in active (1.28 +/- 0.59 mu M) than in quiet sleep (0.76 +/- 0.32 mu M). The latency of the oxygenated hemoglobin concentration response was significantly shorter (r=-0.70 and p=0.0023) for infants with higher gestational age.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1373-1377
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 311 Basic medicine
  • 312 Clinical medicine
  • 318 Medical biotechnology
  • 515 Psychology

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