Postnatal weight gain in preterm infants with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Natarajan, G.; Johnson, Y. R.; Brozanski, B.; Farrow, K. N.; Zaniletti, I.; Padula, M. A.; Asselin, J. M.; Durand, D. J.; Short, B. L.; Pallotto, E. K.; Dykes, F. D.; Reber, K. M.; Evans, J. R.; Murthy, K.

Am J Perinatol. 2013 May 22; 31(3):223-30


Objectives To characterize postnatal growth failure (PGF), defined as weight < 10th percentile for postmenstrual age (PMA) in preterm ( 70% and parenteral nutrition to a third of infants between 36 and 44 weeks' PMA. At discharge, 34% of infants required tube feedings and 50% had PGF. A significantly greater (38 versus 17%) proportion of infants who died/underwent tracheostomy (n = 69) were SGA, compared with those who did not (n = 306; p < 0.01). Conclusions Infants with sBPD commonly had progressive PGF during their NICU hospitalization. Fetal growth restriction may be a marker of adverse outcomes in this population.

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