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Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2003 Sep;88(5):F432-3.

Neonatologists are using much less dexamethasone.

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Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot, Israel. Soroka Medical Center, Beersheva, Israel. eric_w@clalit.org.il

Abstract

Two historical cohorts (1993-1994 and 2001) of preterm infants ventilated for respiratory distress syndrome were compared. Dexamethasone administration fell from 22% to 6%. Chronic lung disease in survivors rose slightly from 13% to 17%, and mortality fell from 21% to 15% (other causes). The effect of restriction of dexamethasone use on chronic lung disease and mortality remains to be seen.

PMID:
12937052
PMCID:
PMC1721606
DOI:
10.1136/fn.88.5.f432
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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