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Why do premature infants have severe respiratory problems due to lack of surfactant?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Specialized coating
Surfactant production is one of the last things to develop, like paint for your rooms, you get everything else built before the finish work.
Prematurity or maternal diabetes can delay production. The material works on the walls of the air pockets in the lungs to keep them partially open when you exhale. Without the coating, these air pockets empty like a balloon & take excessive force to reopen.

In brief: Specialized coating
Surfactant production is one of the last things to develop, like paint for your rooms, you get everything else built before the finish work.
Prematurity or maternal diabetes can delay production. The material works on the walls of the air pockets in the lungs to keep them partially open when you exhale. Without the coating, these air pockets empty like a balloon & take excessive force to reopen.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Surfactant
You answered that question, it is because of lack of surfactant .
Surfactant is needed for surface tension, it keeps the lungs from collapsing.

In brief: Surfactant
You answered that question, it is because of lack of surfactant .
Surfactant is needed for surface tension, it keeps the lungs from collapsing.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
Dr. Marina Armendariz
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