Long-term pulmonary outcomes of patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Anita Bhandari, Sharon McGrath-Morrow

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Abstract

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is the commonest cause of chronic lung disease in infancy. The incidence of BPD has remained unchanged despite many advances in neonatal care. BPD starts in the neonatal period but its effects can persist long term. Premature infants with BPD have a greater incidence of hospitalization, and continue to have a greater respiratory morbidity and need for respiratory medications, compared to those without BPD. Lung function abnormalites, especially small airway abnormalities, often persist. Even in the absence of clinical symptoms, BPD survivors have persistent radiological abnormalities and presence of emphysema has been reported on chest computed tomography scans. Concern regarding their exercise tolerance remains. Long-term effects of BPD are still unknown, but given reports of a more rapid decline in lung function and their suspectibility to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease phenotype with aging, it is imperative that lung function of survivors of BPD be closely monitored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-137
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Perinatology
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

Keywords

  • Chronic lung disease
  • Lung
  • Premature
  • Respiratory morbidity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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