TABLE 1

Severity of Encephalopathy, Based on Modified Sarnat Scoring System

ModerateSevere
ConsciousnessDecreasedAbsent
Spontaneous activityDecreasedNo activity
ToneHypotoniaFlaccid
SuckWeakAbsent
MoroIncompleteAbsent
RespirationPeriodic breathingApnea
  • Encephalopathy = at least 3 of 6 criteria present. Severe = more symptoms in the severe than

  • moderate column. Moderate = more symptoms in the moderate column. If encephalopathy signs

  • were equally distributed between moderate and severe categories, severity of encephalopathy was

  • based on level of consciousness.4