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Descriptor English: Apgar Score
Descriptor Spanish: Puntaje de Apgar
Descriptor Portuguese: Índice de Apgar
Descriptor French: Score d'Apgar
Entry term(s): Score, Apgar
Tree number(s): E01.370.600.050
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D001034
Scope note: A method, developed by Dr. Virginia Apgar, to evaluate a newborn's adjustment to extrauterine life. Five items - heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, reflex irritability, and color - are evaluated 60 seconds after birth and again five minutes later on a scale from 0-2, 0 being the lowest, 2 being normal. The five numbers are added for the Apgar score. A score of 0-3 represents severe distress, 4-7 indicates moderate distress, and a score of 7-10 predicts an absence of difficulty in adjusting to extrauterine life.
Annotation: check the tags HUMANS & INFANT, NEWBORN
Previous Indexing: Infant, Newborn (1966-1970)
Physical Examination (1966-1970)
Public MeSH Note: 73
History Note: 73(71)
DeCS ID: 1040
Unique ID: D001034
Documents indexed in the Virtual Health Library (VHL): Click here to access the VHL documents
Date Established: 1973/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2015/06/23
Apgar Score - Preferred
Concept UI M0001568
Scope note A method, developed by Dr. Virginia Apgar, to evaluate a newborn's adjustment to extrauterine life. Five items - heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, reflex irritability, and color - are evaluated 60 seconds after birth and again five minutes later on a scale from 0-2, 0 being the lowest, 2 being normal. The five numbers are added for the Apgar score. A score of 0-3 represents severe distress, 4-7 indicates moderate distress, and a score of 7-10 predicts an absence of difficulty in adjusting to extrauterine life.
Preferred term Apgar Score
Entry term(s) Score, Apgar



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