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Blood Pressure Tables for Children and Adolescents

from the Fourth Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents*

Image of table linked to the PDF file The updated blood pressure (BP) tables for children and adolescents are based on recently revised child height percentiles and also include the BP data from the 1999-2000 NHANES. The 50th, 90th, 95th, and 99th percentiles for systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) according to height, sex, and age are given for boys and girls. The 50th percentile has been added to the tables to provide the clinician with the BP level at the midpoint of the normal range. Although the 95th percentile provides a BP level that defines hypertension, management decisions about children with hypertension should be determined by the degree or severity of hypertension. Therefore, the 99th percentile has been added to facilitate clinical decisionmaking in the plan for evaluation. 4 pages. May 2004.

* Full report expected in late Summer, 2004

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