Medical complications of prematurity

M. C. Allen, M. D. Jones

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The improved survival of extremely premature infants has generated intense interest in the quality of life of the survivors. This review focuses on the major long-term complications of prematurity (developmental disability, retinopathy of prematurity, chronic lung disease) and concludes with an overview of the broader spectrum of morbidity. Severe impairment (cerebral palsy, mental retardation, retrolental fibroplasia, severe chronic lung disease) fortunately occurs in a small proportion of survivors. However, the prevalence of the lesser morbidities. (minimal cerebral dysfunction learning disability, poor growth, postneonatal illnesses, rehospitalization) is less clearly defined. These problems all have an impact on families, and on medical and education services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-437
Number of pages11
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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