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Premature babies have high death and disability rate

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 19 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:467
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    One of the largest studies to examine disability rates among extremely premature babies has found that just under half grow up with some form of neurological or developmental disability. Severe forms of disability were present in 23% of babies born at 22–25 weeks, and boys were more likely to be disabled than girls.

    The findings provide the clearest indicators to date of the chances of these babies having a disability and will help inform both parents and health professionals of the risks …

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