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Link between diabetes mellitus and respiratory distress syndrome?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Surfactant deficienc

One of the final stages in lung maturity is the production of a soapy material called surfactant it 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. Infants of diabetics often have delayed surfactant production & may have rds even at 40 wks.

In brief: Surfactant deficienc

One of the final stages in lung maturity is the production of a soapy material called surfactant it 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. Infants of diabetics often have delayed surfactant production & may have rds even at 40 wks.
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