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Can rds be fatal to a newborn?

Can rds be fatal to a newborn?

Yes, not most: Respiratory distress syndrome (rds), or hyaline membrane disease, predominantly a disease of prematurely born infants, can be fatal. However, the mortality rates associated with this condition have declined over the years and in 2007 about 735 children died in the us from rds or 17 deaths/100, 000 live births. ...Read more

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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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How often is hemolytic disease of the newborn fatal?

How often is hemolytic disease of the newborn fatal?

Depends on form: Decades ago when i started rh hemolytic disease was often fatal during pregnancy & problamatic in newborns. Surviving infants often needed many exchange transfusions & had worrisome futures. Then a treatment called Rhogam came along & has ended that nightmare. In 26 yrs, I have transfused 1-2 ABO babies primarily for late stage anemia but had no fatalities. Rh disease is a problem without rx. ...Read more

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If a newborn was too catch hsv1 from someone who kissed them at 1 month of age would it still be as fatal if they caught it at birth (neonatal hsv)?

If a newborn was too catch hsv1 from someone who kissed them at 1 month of age would it still be as fatal if they caught it at birth (neonatal hsv)?

The neonatal or: newborn period, the first 6 weeks of life, is the age at which an infant who contracts Herpes Simplex Virus 1 is at risk for it's spreading and causing encephalitis. Generally speaking, if a baby under 3 months old develops a cold sore, you should notify his pediatrician straight away., ...Read more

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In premature babies, sometimes the alveoli collapse. Is that rds?

In premature babies, sometimes the alveoli collapse. Is that rds?

Yes.: That is exactly what underlies the neonatal respiratory distress syndrome - poor surfactant concentration leads to alveolar collapse in preemies. Prenatal Betamethasone helps prevent this complication. ...Read more

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Are the effects of rds reversible?

Are the effects of rds reversible?

RDS: If by rds you mean hyaline membrane disease (hmd) that develops in premature newborns, then the answer is yes. Luckily, the lungs in children continue to grow and make more alveoli to replace damaged alveoli. At birth, there are 20-50 million alveoli and by 8 years there are 300 million alveoli. ...Read more

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The doctor now suspects rds along with my ms. Does anyone else have both?

The doctor now suspects rds along with my ms. Does anyone else have both?

See below: Rsd is possible with ms although I have never seen it together. Many people with ms have various types of pain associated with damage to the nervous system without having a diagnosis of "rsd". Having said that i would not be able to know without examining you. ...Read more

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27wk premature did not have rds when born, shall use curosurf (poractant alfa)? Diagnose bpd after 60 days w/o using it under invasive ventilat, is it a misdiagnosis?

27wk premature did not have rds  when born, shall use curosurf (poractant alfa)? Diagnose bpd after 60 days w/o using it under invasive ventilat, is it a misdiagnosis?

Possible: At 27 weeks, the lungs are still developing and not producing sufficient surfactant. Curosurf (poractant alfa) is used to prevent collapse of the lung and to allow better ventilation. Even if the premature lung disease was mild initially, there may be a diagnosis of a more chronic form of premature lung disease called BPD. Is the baby wearing oxygen? With growth, the lung will grow new units ...Read more

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Small baby, but healthy. Did not have rds so why did they intubate in dr?

Small baby, but healthy. Did not have rds so why did they intubate in dr?

Multiple options: The only way to know for sure is to ask the doctor. The most common reason to intubate in the delivery room is if the baby isn't vigorous and meconium (stool formed while in the uterus) was noticed before or during delivery. They briefly intubate to suction the newborn's lungs in case they breathed in (aspirated) some of the meconium. In that situation the tube is taken back out immediately. ...Read more

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If my child had rds as a youngster, is she predisposed to other problems as she grows up?

If my child had rds as a youngster, is she predisposed to other problems as she grows up?

Not usually: Rds, lung disease of prematurity, typically does not have long term problems unless an infant is on a breathing machine for a prolonged period of time. Prematurity can have long term effects however, which vary on the degree of prematurity. ...Read more

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