Vol. 14 - Num. 55
aServicio de Pediatría. Hospital Infanta Elena. Valdemoro. Madrid. España.
bServicio de Pediatría. Hospital Universitario Rey Juan Carlos. Móstoles. Madrid. España.
cServicio de Pediatría. Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre. Madrid. España.
Correspondence: T Fernández. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference of this article: Fernández López T, Ares Mateos G, Carabaño Aguado I, Sopeña Corvinos J. Late preterm infant: the forgotten patient. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2012;14:e23-e8.
Published in Internet: 05-10-2012
Late preterm infants are born at a gestational age between 34 and 36 weeks and 6 days. These children have higher morbidity than term infants due to their relative physiologic and metabolic immaturity, leading to a longer average birth hospital stay with a higher cost of care. Moreover, the rate of readmission and mortality are also higher than in term infants.
The purpose of this review is to define "late-preterm", describe medical complications and risks that are commonly found in this group of children, present the characteristics of late-preterm infants that predispose them to higher morbidity and mortality and suggest guidelines for assessment and management of these patients after birth.
Keywords● Late preterm ● Morbidity ● Mortality ● Near term
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