Very low birth weight Down syndrome infants at high risk for heart, lung disorders – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Down syndrome infants who are born with a very low birth weight, are at high risk for heart and lung disorders. Dr. Rosemary Higgins at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development explains, a recent study sought to identify health concerns unique to this group of infants.
Higgins: This study looked at the largest population of very low birth weight infants. Meaning, the babies weighed less than 1500 grams or 3 ½ pounds. We had 133 such infants with Down syndrome in this study.
Narrator: Those infants had more than twice the risk of death during infancy. For study details, visit www.nichd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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