BPD is a disease that can affect many organs and body systems beyond the lungs. Because it is a disease that most often happens in preterm babies weeks after being born, some of the medical problems are also common in premature infants without BPD.
Even though some of these health problems are more common than others, it can be very difficult to tell which baby will develop them, or how severe a particular problem could become.
Some problems occur mostly during the NICU stay; others continue through infancy and early childhood.
Below is a list of possible problems associated with BPD. These are listed in no particular order, and have been put together to show you the different subspecialties (or consulting services) that you may see working with your BPD team, or with your primary Neonatology team. A Neonatologist and a Nurse Practitioner from the NICU will be helping your baby with all the potential issues that may come up.
Difficulties with nutrition and growth
Poor bone heath and risk of fractures
Liver and intestinal problems
Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Rehabilitation teams, Pediatric Surgery