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Revista Cubana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

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SANABRIA ARIAS, Ana Mary et al. Morbidity in newborns weighing less than 1500 g. Rev Cubana Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.4, pp. 478-487. ISSN 0138-600X.

Introduction: preterm delivery of an infant weighing less than 1 500 g is one of the most important health problems for a mother and her child, as perinatal morbidity and mortality are concentrated in this patient population. Objective: to identify perinatal events in preterm birth infants weighing less than 1 500 g. Methods: a descriptive study was carried out to identify perinatal events in 80 pregnant women with gestational age between 28.6-36.6 weeks. These patients had preterm birth infants weighing less than 1 500 grams. They were all attended at Ramón González Coro OB/GYN Hospital, from January 2008 to December 2010. This descriptive data analysis used distributions of absolute and relative frequencies. The chi-square test (X2) was used, showing 95 % confidence. Results: 75 % had risk factors. Pregnancy hypertensive disorders (48.8 %), asthma (7.5 %), and anemia (6.3 %) were predominant. 45 % of births occurred after premature rupture of membranes. Low birth weight prevailed in 56.3 % of the total. 29.8 % had fetal growth restriction and 28.6% had hyaline membrane disease. Conclusions: risk factors were present in three quarters of the patients. Hypertension and pre-eclampsia predominated as major risk factors. The most common cause of preterm birth was premature rupture of membranes. Intrauterine growth restriction and hyaline membrane disease were the most frequent complications.

Keywords : preterm delivery; hyaline membrane disease; low birth weight; premature rupture of membranes; morbidity.

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