Preterm is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. There are sub-categories of preterm birth, based on gestational age: extremely preterm (<28 weeks) very preterm (28 to <32 weeks). For premature infants born with a weight of less than 1000 g, the 3 primary causes of mortality are respiratory failure, infection, and congenital malformation.
In infants who began treatment with dexamethasone more than seven days after birth, the incidence of hearing loss was significantly greater than in the controls, although the change in intelligence quotient was comparable to that in the placebo group. The investigators also found that the incidence of cerebral palsy and visual impairment were similar in the dexamethasone and placebo groups whether dexamethasone was received within seven days following birth or later.
Related Journals of Prematurity
Critical Care Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynaecology & Obstetrics Case Report, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Current Trends in Gynecologic Oncology, Andrology & Gynecology: Current Research, Journal of Perinatology, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Anatolian Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Journal of Human Reproductive Science, Journal of Ovarian Research, Reproductive Toxicology