Long-Term Effects of Perinatal Glucocorticoid Treatment on the Heart

Author(s): Willem B. de Vries, Matthijs F.M. van Oosterhout, Miriam P. Bal, Jan Baan, Cobi J. Heijnen, Frank van Bel

Journal Name: Current Pediatric Reviews

Volume 3 , Issue 3 , 2007

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Chronic lung disease in the extremely preterm baby is still a major complication in neonatal intensive care. Perinatal (ante- and neonatal) glucocorticoids are widely used to prevent severe infant respiratory distress syndrome and/or to reduce chronic lung disease respectively. A review of the literature regarding the cardiovascular side effects of antenatal and neonatal glucocorticoids is presented here.

Keywords: chronic lung disease, betamethasone, hypertrophy, protein/DNA ratio, Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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Year: 2007
Page: [190 - 197]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/157339607781369564
Price: $65

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