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Outcome following preterm birth.
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PMID:  17531538     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Preterm birth currently occurs in approximately 12% of pregnancies and appears to be increasing despite improvements in obstetric care. Improvements in neonatal care have led to increased survival, particularly at extreme prematurity, but survival may be associated with significant morbidity. This may be acute, reflecting the difficulties in supporting an individual in a hostile extrauterine environment to which they should not be exposed, or chronic, reflecting disturbances to fragile, immature body systems. Brain, lungs, intestines and eyes are particularly vulnerable and damage may be severe. For some infants the consequences of this damage may be permanent disability and impairment. Despite this, the limited information currently available suggests that adult outcomes may be comparable with those for infants born at term.
Alan T Gibson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2007-05-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Best practice & research. Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1521-6934     ISO Abbreviation:  Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-16     Completed Date:  2008-04-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101121582     Medline TA:  Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  869-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Jessop Wing, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Tree Root Walk, Sheffield, S10 2SF, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Infant Mortality
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / physiology*
Infant, Premature, Diseases*
Premature Birth*

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