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Prediction of outcome in 164 infants born after 24 to 28 weeks gestation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2534979     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Between 1984 and 1987 164 infants born after 24 to 28 completed weeks were admitted to our unit. In 6 children respirator treatment was withdrawn between days 6 and 57 mainly on the basis of severe intracranial bleeding and periventricular leucomalacia. Among 102 (62%) surviving infants, 18 (18%) had a major handicap (cerebral palsy, IQ less than 50, blindness) at follow-up, in 6 of the 18 (6%) there was a combination of several major handicaps. We conclude that we can still not reliably predict serious handicap and we are therefore faced with a serious ethical dilemma which we think can best be approached in a trust-relationship between parents and staff.
G Eg-Andersen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica Scandinavica. Supplement     Volume:  360     ISSN:  0300-8843     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr Scand Suppl     Publication Date:  1989  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-10-26     Completed Date:  1990-10-26     Revised Date:  2008-02-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0173166     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr Scand Suppl     Country:  SWEDEN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  56-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neonatology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Cause of Death
Decision Making
Disabled Persons / statistics & numerical data
Ethics, Medical
Follow-Up Studies
Gestational Age*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature, Diseases / mortality*,  therapy
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Respiration, Artificial
Survival Rate

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