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What is the link between surfactant lack and respiratory distress syndrome?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Surfactant deficienc
We build our lungs in stages like building a house.
One of the final stages is the production of a soapy material called surfactant that lines the inside of air sacs & prevents the sacs from deflating after air breathing starts.Infants that are not making enough surfactant to keep air sacs open so many will deflate leading to distress. Assistance is needed until a baby starts making more surfacta.

In brief: Surfactant deficienc
We build our lungs in stages like building a house.
One of the final stages is the production of a soapy material called surfactant that lines the inside of air sacs & prevents the sacs from deflating after air breathing starts.Infants that are not making enough surfactant to keep air sacs open so many will deflate leading to distress. Assistance is needed until a baby starts making more surfacta.
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