Steroids boost survival, reduce brain injury for premature infants – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers who analyzed medical records for more than 10-thousand infants born preterm, have found that prenatal steroids, given to pregnant women at risk for giving birth prematurely, appear to improve survival and limit brain injury among infants born as early as the 23rd week of pregnancy. Dr. Rosemary Higgins at the NIH explains.
Higgins: When the physicians admitted the steroids to the mothers before the baby was born, overall in the whole group study from 22 to 25 weeks, there was an improved survival rate as well as the neurodevelopmental outcome at 18 to 22 months.
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