Table 3 Features of VLBW neonates (<1500 g birth weight) with a tight, loose or no nuchal cord

From: Neonatal outcomes following a tight nuchal cord

  Tight nuchal cord (n=70) Loose nuchal cord (n=184) No nuchal cord (n=1751) P-value tight vs loose nuchal cord P-value tight vs no nuchal cord
Gestational age (weeks) 29.4 29.8 28.9 0.364 0.174
Birth weight (g) 1080 1149 1058 0.082 0.549
Apgar score @ 1 min 5.2 5.6 5.1 0.248 0.675
Apgar score @ 5 min 7.2 7.8 7.2 0.048 0.887
IVH grade 3 12.9% 5.4% 10.7% 0.045 0.575
ROP stage2 15.7% 12.0% 14.4% 0.426 0.758
PVL 7.1% 2.7% 3.8% 0.105 0.153
Died in hospital 5.7% 3.3% 11.6% 0.369 0.129
  1. Abbreviations: IVH, intraventricular hemorrhage; PVL, periventricular leukomalacia; ROP, retinopathy of prematurity.
  2. Patients were included in the analysis only if they were born in an Intermountain Healthcare hospital during the period 1 January 2005 through 31 December 2010.