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Birthweight and neonatal outcome at the Muhimbili Medical Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9803627     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A prospective study of neonatal morbidity and mortality was made over four months in 1990 at the neonatal unit in Muhimbili Medical Centre. The incidence of low birthweight (LBW) was 16%. Seven hundred and eighty four LBW infants and 612 heavier infants admitted for care in the unit were followed up for six weeks. The mean birth weight was 2854 grams. LBW carried a seven-fold increased risk of mortality (291/784;37%); this was 64% (291/341) of the total. The risk of morbidity in LBW infants was increased three-fold (436/784;56%) being 73% (436/598) of the total. Factors significantly associated with increased morbidity and mortality were prematurity, birth asphyxia, sepsis, respiratory distress syndrome, hypothermia and hypoglycaemia. The majority of the deaths (83%) occurred within the first week of life.
K P Manji; A W Massawe; J M Mgone
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  East African medical journal     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0012-835X     ISO Abbreviation:  East Afr Med J     Publication Date:  1998 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-11-19     Completed Date:  1998-11-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372766     Medline TA:  East Afr Med J     Country:  KENYA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  382-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Muhimbili Medical Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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MeSH Terms
Academic Medical Centers
Birth Weight*
Case-Control Studies
Follow-Up Studies
Gestational Age
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Low Birth Weight*
Infant, Newborn
Risk Factors
Tanzania / epidemiology

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