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A five-year study of prematurity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  13304692     Owner:  NLM     Status:  OLDMEDLINE    
To get a comprehensive picture of prematurity and neonatal death or survival, all factors on the maternal and fetal records that might be pertinent were recorded. This information, having to do with factors such as age, gravida of the mother, blood group incompatibility, period of gestation, weight at birth, type of delivery, medication and anesthesia administered to the mother, is presented in tabular form. In the study of perinatal mortality it was noted that failure to establish normal pulmonary ventilation is the most common cause of death in the neonatal period. Maternal history of relative infertility, that is, previous abortions, stillbirths and premature deliveries, was the most impressive finding in the stillborn series. In the follow-up study of premature infants who survived the neonatal period, 8.5 per cent were found to be severely handicapped. In four cases the handicap was due to congenital anomalies, in two others probably to infection, leaving 12 with complications possibly ascribable to prematurity. Six of these had retrolental fibroplasia as a major handicap. In seven, mental retardation was the presenting problem. Most of the handicapped children had multiple handicaps, which included spasticity, delayed motor development, strabismus, etc. The incidence of the necessity for corrective measures for feet and legs appeared relatively high. In general, survivors compared favorably with the rest of the childhood population. Complications and twinning were associated inordinately often.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  California medicine     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0008-1264     ISO Abbreviation:  Calif Med     Publication Date:  1956 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1956-12-01     Completed Date:  2003-05-01     Revised Date:  2009-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410260     Medline TA:  Calif Med     Country:  Not Available    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-78     Citation Subset:  OM    
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