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Dev Med Child Neurol. 1992 Jul; 34(7):623 - 32. -Reciprocal neurological developments of twins discordant for hydrocephalus. Berker E, Goldstein G, Lorber J, Priestley B, Smith A; Psychology Department, Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital, Michigan 49008
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Studies of 10 sets of twins discordant for hydrocephalus in early life revealed striking differences in degree and nature of development of verbal versus non-verbal cognitive functions, birth order, and hand and eye preference.
Despite similar (4 dizygotic pairs) or identical (6 monozygotic pairs) genetic endowment and grossly similar intra- and extra-uterine environmental and socio-economic influences, the consistency of the differences between the hydrocephalic children and their seemingly normal twins indicate systematic differences in pre-, peri- and/or early postnatal organisation and development of hemispheric function.
Follow-up studies also documented development of above-average intelligence, despite drastically reduced cerebral mantle size in hydrocephalus of early onset. The atypical patterns of development of the non-hydrocephalic twins also confirm previously described qualifications reported in studies of the significance of genetic versus environmental factors in twins.PMID: 1511795
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CommonstepsUnusual functional ability