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Prematurity Problems: Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Description

Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS; formerly known as hyaline membrane disease ) is the most common lung disease of premature infants , which generally occurs in infants whose lungs are not fully developed. Thus, the more premature the infant, the greater likelihood of RDS.
The syndrome is more likely to develop in infants of diabetic mothers .
Infants with RDS have difficulty in breathing or starting to breath, depending on how premature they are. Treatment will depend on the severity and prematurity of the infant with RDS, but generally involves one of numerous techniques to aid breathing/provide oxygen

For further, more detailed information on this topic, please refer to the reference source for this page.

The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken from the following source(s):
1. University of Wisconsin and The Center For Perinatal Care at Meriter Hospital Madison, Wisconsin: http://www.pediatrics.wisc.edu/patientcare/preemies/


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