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Will I die younger if I was born months premature?

Not that I know: No true correlation between premature birth and premature death exists as I know. ...Read more

Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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How does prematurity affect how clever or intelligent you are?

How does prematurity affect how clever or intelligent you are?

Depends: A premi baby who has good potential & does not have complicated brain bleeds or other troublesome issues in the neonatal nursery can do well. One of my smallest patients who weighed in at under a pound at birth started baylor at 17 and graduated from their honors program. Like anything else there is a range of possibilities for each patient. ...Read more

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What is cicatricial retinopathy of prematurity like?

What is cicatricial retinopathy of prematurity like?

Decreases vision.: Cicatricial retinopathy causes scar tissue in the retina, which is the neural layer of the eye that is used for vision. Usually such retinal changes impinge on vision. A pediatric ophthalmologist (eye doctor) can help assess the extent of the damage and what visual effects to expect and whether any treatment can be helpful. ...Read more

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What is extreme prematurity?

What is extreme prematurity?

Prematurity: Extreme prematurity has historically been defined on the basis of the gestational age at the time an infant is born. This number has traditionally been defined as less than 28 weeks gestation. ...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 prematurity effect your growth or strength as a teen?

Does prematurity effect your growth or strength as a teen?

Depends on problems: While the majority of premature infants do just fine, those that were particularily early or sick may manifest problems even at later ages. We even now are finding out even early term babies (37-38 weeks) may not be as smart as those that "cook" a little longer. But it does not mean things can't be overcome. Early intervention in babies/kids with problems is essential and should be ongoing! ...Read more

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Do people know in what ways prematurity affects the child's health later in life?

Depends: We know that the more preterm an infant is the greater the risk. We also know that the greatest number of patients with cerebral palsy are are in the term gestation group (reason for CP unknown). We do know that premees (depending on the type & number of complications) may have delayed development, visual, and learning difficulties. ...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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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 increases the risk of having retinopathy of prematurity?

What increases the risk of having retinopathy of prematurity?

Earlier age of birth: 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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What are the most common causes of retinopathy of prematurity?

What are the most common causes of retinopathy of prematurity?

Premature birth!: The cause is due to premature birth and possibly use of high oxygen concentration for breathing in premature infants. The retina is not fully developed and vascularized in the periphery and exposure to the air causes the peripheral retina to not vascularize, which can cause contraction, scarring and possible retinal detachment. ...Read more

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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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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cicatricial retinopathy of prematurity?

Scarring: Scarring of the eye- retina as avreuslt of being born prematurely. Some children wll have impaired vision as a result and others will recover fully with time. Yo can enhance recovery with chinese medicine. I recommend you find someone in your area and talk with them. ...Read more

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How can I help my baby if he has retinopathy of prematurity?

See below: Other than recommended follow up with an ophthalmologist, there is nothing you can do, sorry. ...Read more

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What does svpb prematurity 25%, %rr>50 : 14% on a holter mean? :/ and is min hr 50 healthy? Should I be worried?!

My interpretation: I don't think those computer generated measurements have any clinical meaning and I don't use them. If some other doctor on healthtap cares to disagree, please do! A minimal hr of 50 is completely normal. ...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

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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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Could bradycardia be a sign of apnea of prematurity?

Could bradycardia be a sign of apnea of prematurity?

Yes it can: The two often go together. The baby will have apnea-defined as 20 seconds or more of not breathing, which then in a neonate (baby <=28 days) will often lead to bradycardia, or low heart rate. Please have your baby seen by your pediatrician if this is going on, as prematurity is not the only cause of these symptoms. Sometimes medication is needed. ...Read more

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Can I get financial help for with my baby's retinopathy of prematurity?

RETINOPATHY: Prematurity has secondary retinopathy from bili light exposure. You can get financial help from the disability of prematurity by applying to social security. ...Read more

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If I lost a baby due to prematurity, will that affect my ability to have children in the future?

If I lost a baby due to prematurity, will that affect my ability to have children in the future?

No - but higher risk: A history of a previous preterm birth increases risk for recurrence (around 25% chance depending on cause). There are some possible interventions to reduce recurrence risk depending on the cause of your preterm birth and loss. You should speak with your ob/gyn even before attempting a future pregnancy to see what interventions are possible in your case and to better prepare your for pregnancy. ...Read more