The study by Bennett and co-workers (see p 888) addresses the question of developmental outcome in a sample of premature infants with hyaline membrane disease (HMD). Their report joins several recent studies on premature survivors in the last five years.1-3 In this study, these authors followed up 161 preterm infants for two years and had an impressive return rate of 80% to 85%. They found that birth weight consistently correlated with Bayley scores at the age of 2 years. This reaffirms similar conclusions from earlier reports of infants born from 1965 to 1975. Because of a lack of both a detailed description of their data base and a display of the statistical analysis, it is difficult to comment further on their conclusions. For example, only mean birth weight was stated without a range, and there were no data on such perinatal risk factors as Apgar scores, time receiving ventilatory
MAYES LC, STAHLMAN MT. Effect of Hyaline Membrane Disease on Outcome of Premature Infants. Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(10):885–886. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970460015001
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