The use of antenatal steroids and surfactant therapy has made the severe presentation of BPD much less common. Instead, it has been replaced by a milder form, often found in small infants who present initially with mild RDS. This large epidemiological study confirm the significant role of RDS, extreme prematurity, the presence of a PDA, and postnatal infections in the pathogenesis of BPD. These results are interesting and emphasize the importance of preventing nosocomial infections and an aggressive approach with the PDA as strategies to reduce the incidence of BPD in these small infants.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Italian Journal of Pediatrics|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health