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Pediatr Pulmonol. 1996 Jan;21(1):20-3.

Chronic lung disease following neonatal ventilation. I. incidence in two geographically defined populations.

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Department of Child Health, University of Leicester, England.


The objective of this study was to compare the incidence of chronic lung disease following neonatal ventilation in two geographically defined populations. Prospective data collection was carried out over a 1 year period from March 11, 1990 to February 28, 1991 in the Trent Health Region (England) and in British Columbia, Canada. All infants < or = 32 weeks gestation and/or < or = 1500 g birthweight born to mothers normally resident in either the Trent Health Region or British Columbia were included. The main outcome measures were mortality rate, presence of chronic lung disease, days of ventilation, and oxygen used by each infant. The proportion of shortened gestation, low birthweight babies was 1.5% in Trent and 1.2% in British Columbia (957 of 63,350 births in Trent and 526 of 45,333 births in British Columbia). There were no significant differences in mean birthweight or gestation between the two cohorts, but there was a trend towards lower mortality for infants 750-1500 g birthweight in British Columbia. The incidence of chronic lung disease (using either of two definitions) was significantly higher in British Columbia, with a corresponding greater amount of respiratory care required. This occurred despite higher use of antenatal steroids and surfactant therapy in the British Columbia group. We conclude that there are important clinical and resource implications resulting from the number of ventilator and oxygen days used by the preterm population in terms of planning of neonatal services. The role of individual treatment modalities in producing differences in the incidence of chronic lung disease warrants further study in the setting of a geographically defined population.

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