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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-6

A study of gender, head circumference and BMI as a variable affecting BAEP results of late teenagers

Department of Physiology, Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India

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Jayesh D Solanki
Department of Physiology, Government Medical College, 4th floor, Behind S. T. Bus Stand, Jail Road, Bhavnagar- 364 001, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-7749.98276

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Background : Influence of sex on brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) is not well understood with few studies in India that targets young Teenagers. Aim : Our study aimed to look into gender, head circumference, and body mass index (BMI) as a factor affecting BAEPs of healthy late teenagers. Materials and Methods : BAEP responses were elicited in age-matched teenager college students using standard protocol. Results of absolute latencies and interpeak latencies (IPLs) were compared among Male and female groups and compared for significance as such and after normalizing head size and BMI and tested for significant difference, if any. Results: Latencies and IPLs of BAEP were lower in males when compared with females, but significance was found only for the later parameter. IPLs showing significant gender difference were for I-III and III-V but not I-V. When test groups with comparable head size and BMI were compared, the difference decreased with neither of the parameter being statistically significant. Conclusion: Utility of BAEP can be optimized by establishing normative data for every setup based on BMI and head circumference along with age and gender before using it as a clinical tool.

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