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What babies are at risk of developing the neonatal respiratory distress syndrome?

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Dr. Mandakini Patel
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In brief: Resp. distress syndr

Its caused by deficiency of surfactant that lines the airways&lung immaturity.
From baby being premature vs genetic protein def. Varies in severity form baby to baby & some may require ventilatory support. Depends on gestational age from about 50% in babies born at 26–28 weeks, to about 25% at 30–31 weeks. Is more frequent in infants of diabetic mothers & in the second born of premature twins.

In brief: Resp. distress syndr

Its caused by deficiency of surfactant that lines the airways&lung immaturity.
From baby being premature vs genetic protein def. Varies in severity form baby to baby & some may require ventilatory support. Depends on gestational age from about 50% in babies born at 26–28 weeks, to about 25% at 30–31 weeks. Is more frequent in infants of diabetic mothers & in the second born of premature twins.
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