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Doctor insights on: Prematurity

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Which celebrities babies have retinopathy of prematurity?

Which celebrities babies have retinopathy of prematurity?

Protected info: This is protected health information, to which only the parent's, child and doctors involved should be privy. ...Read more

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Retinopathy of prematurity still common?

Retinopathy of  prematurity still common?

Yes: The main risk factor for development of rop is prematurity and low birth weight. With better survival rates for premature babies, we are seeing more of these children with rop. ...Read more

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What causes premature birth?

What causes premature birth?

No one thing: In America about 12% of women deliver prematurely (before 37 weeks). Sometimes there is an obvious reason like infection, abruption, premature membrane rupture, trauma, history of premature delivery, multiple gestation (twins, triplets), etc. However, the majority of preterm deliveries do not have an obvious cause, and we never know why. ...Read more

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What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

Depends On Control: There is no single digit answer you can apply to an individual patient. One brazillian study in 2011 found that 14% of 400 women delivered prematurely, but the rate really depends on how well the mother controls her disease, other issues like preeclampsia, and the reason for delivery (poor control can cause other problems for the mom/baby that could require a cesarean section before 38 weeks). ...Read more

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What disabilities can premature babies experience?

What disabilities can premature babies experience?

Multiple.: Intraventricular brain hemorrhage is one of the most severe and can lead to cerebral palsy and poor neurodevelopmental outcomes. Necrotizing enterocolitis is another severe morbidity of preemies that may even prove fatal. Other problems: respiratory distress leading to bronchopulmonary dysplasia, retinopathy of prematurity, jaundice, poor feeding, temperature/electrolyte imbalances, apnea episodes. ...Read more

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Are premature babies born with kidneys?

Are premature babies born with kidneys?

Yes : The kidneys develop in the first few weeks of fetal development. If a premature baby was born without kidneys then that would indicate another problem is present besides prematurity. ...Read more

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What causes retinopathy of prematurity?

What causes retinopathy of prematurity?

Oxygen: The care of premature birth babies is a battle between things known to increase survival including oxygen administration versus the risk of this life-saving oxygen cause retinopathy. No intervention is as good as oxygen and so this is an assumed risk. Treatment for this is possible including bevicizumab. ...Read more

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Does prematurity affect final adult height?

Does prematurity affect final adult height?

Maybe/maybe not: Prematurity is a broad category with survivors occasionally as early as 24 weeks up to more common 36-37. The smaller/earlier the baby the more likely they had or have predisposing factors that may limit final height. The less time in the neonatal ICU and less complications with their care, the less it will alter achieving their genetic potential. ...Read more

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Does malnutrition impair fetal development?

Does malnutrition impair fetal development?

Yes: Malnutrition can definitely impair many parts of fetal development. One example is if there is a lack of folic acid, the fetal nervous system may not properly form. It is very important to be vigilant of nutrition during pregnancy and your doctor will guide you through it. ...Read more

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Can kangaroo care in nicus influence preterm babies emotional and social development?

Can kangaroo care in nicus influence preterm babies emotional and social development?

Possibly: We are slowly learning more about early developmental influences and how early impressions may be formed. Some of this can probably be reversed by changes in approach a later ages, but difficult to really assess accurately. ...Read more

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Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity have any chance of seeing?

Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity have any chance of seeing?

Yes: Babies with retinopathy of prematurity (rop) have a good chance of seeing in societies where advanced medical care exists. About 500 children per year in the us are reported to develop blindness due to rop. Ongoing follow up for babies with rop is important because other vision issues can also occur in these children over time. ...Read more

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What assesses fetal lung maturity?

What assesses fetal lung maturity?

Fetal Lung: There are several indications that the fetus is developing normally. The length of the fetus can be determined by an ultrasound. The lungs may be visualized , and the development of any changes in the lung determined within the limitations of the testing. In addition, the developing lung produces surfactant and if the infant is born prematurely, supplemental surfactant may be needed. ...Read more

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Is premature adrenarche a disability?

Is premature adrenarche a disability?

Premature adrenarche: Premature adrenarche is deferent than precocious puberty. It is usually nothing serious. Here is some more information. http://www.childrenshospital.org/health-topics/conditions/premature-adrenarche ...Read more

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Medical problems with premature baby later in life?

Medical problems with premature baby later in life?

It depends.: It depends on how premature the baby was and what medical problems the baby had in the nicu. Any problems that showed up in the nicu may or may not continue to be an issue, and premature babies are also at higher risk of developmental delay. ...Read more

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Can leishmaniasis cause premature births?

Can leishmaniasis cause premature births?

It's possible: This potentially devastating parasitic infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirth in addition to infecting and damaging many parts of the body, including liver, spleen, bone marrow, respiratory tract, skin, and mucus membranes. ...Read more

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Do breech babies carry congenital defects?

Do breech babies carry congenital defects?

Rarely: Rarely does this happen where babies have congenital defects that are severe enough that they either neurological impair the baby and prevent movement or simply get in the way of a baby being able to flip on its own. This is a rare cause of breech though. ...Read more

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Can being born premature be genetic?

Can being born premature be genetic?

Occasionally: In a few cases, premature birth may be due to hereditary/genetic factors, but causes for prematurity are often unknown. If 2 generations of women have very high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia can occur in pregnancy and cause prematurity. Maybe uterus/cervix shape and size are inherited, so if 2 generations of women have a short cervix, they may deliver prematurely. Drug/alcohol use can be familial. ...Read more

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Who else has retinopathy of prematurity besides tiny babies?

Who else has retinopathy of prematurity besides tiny babies?

Also iillnesses: Prematurity is a risk factor that can lead to blindness. One important risk factor is birth weight, 1251 grams or less (2 lbs 12 ounces). A landmark study called the early treatment for retinopathy of prematurity, laser decreased incidence of blindness http://www.Nei.Nih.Gov/neitrials/static/study83.Asp the patient will need lifelong eye care for glaucoma, cataracts, strabismus, amblyopia, etc. ...Read more