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Effect of Antenatal Corticosteroid Treatment on Lung Function in Full-Term Newborn Infants.
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PMID:  21196776     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: Antenatal treatment of pregnant women with corticosteroids in order to stimulate surfactant production has been shown to be effective. However, lung structure is also affected by the treatment. Objective: We tested the hypothesis that changes within lung acini, induced by maternal corticosteroid treatment, persist during lung development. Methods: Twenty-two healthy infants, whose mothers were treated with up to three doses of betamethasone at 25-33 weeks of pregnancy because of preterm labour, but where labour terminated and the infants were born at term, were studied at term and compared to a group of 50 healthy newborn infants without prenatal treatment with corticosteroids. Gas-mixing efficiency was measured in terms of moment ratio with a nitrogen washout method together with functional residual capacity. Mechanical parameters were assessed with the single occlusion technique. Results: There were no signs of disturbed gas mixing or changed lung volume or mechanics in the treated group. Conclusion: The result contributes to an emerging body of evidence that antenatal treatment with corticosteroids does not permanently affect lung structure or function.
Ola Hjalmarson; Kenneth L Sandberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-12-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neonatology     Volume:  100     ISSN:  1661-7819     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-1-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101286577     Medline TA:  Neonatology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  32-36     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Paediatrics, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
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