Very low birth weight Down syndrome infants at high risk for heart, lung disorders – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A recent study has identified health concerns unique to very low birth weight Down syndrome infants. Dr. Rosemary Higgins at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says before this study, information to help guide decision-making was mainly based on the general population.
Higgins: It was suspected by physicians that infants with Down syndrome probably didn't do as well as their counterpart non-chromosomal abnormality babies. This information helps to guide decisions for very low birth weight infants with Down syndrome.
Narrator: She adds they are at higher risk for death and some of the other common problems of prematurity. For 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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