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Acta Paediatr. 2004 Apr;93(4):447-8.

Preterm male infants need more initial respiratory support than female infants.

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Department of Neonatology and Paediatric Intensive Care, University Children's Hospital, Vienna, Austria. arnold.pollak@akh-wien.ac.at

Abstract

Female infants have a significantly greater chance of surviving than male infants at similar birthweights and gestational ages, and have an advantage over males for a better outcome with less morbidity.

CONCLUSION:

The exact mechanisms responsible for the gender differences, with a better chance of survival of female infants, remain to be determined. The paper by Elsmén et al. provides an important contribution to this most important area of clinical research.

PMID:
15188966
DOI:
10.1080/08035250410025744
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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