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Preemie Lungs

Preemie Lungs, Heightened Risk A baby born earlier than 36 weeks' gestation lacks the defenses to prevent serious infection from a common virus called RSV* PRETERM VS. FULL TERM PRETERM Lungs Airway Antibodies FULL TERM RSV INFECTION PREMATURE BABIES is more likely to take root in premature lungs where developing airways are narrowed and especially fragile carry fewer virus- fighting antibodies- a precious gift from mom that all infants need while their own immune systems mature after birth RSV BY THE NUMBERS RSV infection of the small airways of the lung (RSV bronchiolitis) is the leading cause of hospitalization among infants in the U.S. 1 The average RSV-related hospital costs were -2.5 times greater for preterm infants compared with full-term infants? RSV bronchiolitis 311,077 Bronchiolitis 245,368 cause unspecified $18,037 $16,832 Pneumonia cause unspecified $6,598 159,128 be = 25,000 hospitalized infants Jaundice 116,730 33-34 weeks 35-36 weeks Full term Dehydration ' 102,529 Milliman analysis of infants born May 2003-April 2006 and followed for one RSV seasonc National Hospital Discharge Survey: 1997-99 Medimmune. Copyright 2006 Thomson Healthcare Inc. All Rights Reserved. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health, or the health of your child. "RSV= respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-ul) virus. 1. Leader S. Kohlhase K. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2002:21:629-632. 2. Milliman, Inc. Cohort analysis: RSV hospitalizations and costs, periods ending 2003-2006. Report prepared for Medimmune, LLC. Gaithersburg. MD. January 2009.

Preemie Lungs

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Almost every baby will contract RSV by age 2, but only 1/3 of moms say they’ve heard of the virus. Serious RSV infection is the leading cause of infant hospitalization, responsible for more than 12...


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