ABase—A tool for the rapid assessment of anthropometric measurements on handheld computers



Anthropometry is widely recognized as an important method in the evaluation of dysmorphic children. Nevertheless, it has never gained widespread clinical use. We believe that this has mainly practical reasons: appropriate growth charts are not readily available at the bedside or in clinic and taking multiple measurements and plotting them into corresponding growth charts is a time-consuming task. Here we describe a computer program that overcomes both problems: ABase compares entered anthropometric measurements to a database of age- and sex-matched reference values, calculates the centile rank and displays the result either as text or as a digitized growth chart. The program runs on small handheld computers that can easily be carried around in a shirt pocket. © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.