ABase—A tool for the rapid assessment of anthropometric measurements on handheld computers
Article first published online: 8 APR 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A
Volume 121A, Issue 2, pages 146–150, 30 August 2003
How to Cite
Zankl, A. and Molinari, L. (2003), ABase—A tool for the rapid assessment of anthropometric measurements on handheld computers. Am. J. Med. Genet., 121A: 146–150. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.20185
- Issue published online: 1 AUG 2003
- Article first published online: 8 APR 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 FEB 2003
- Manuscript Received: 12 DEC 2002
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.