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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 93-95

Late preterms: A vulnerable group needing due attention

Department of Pediatrics, J N Medical College, Nehru Nagar, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

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N S Mahantashetti
J N Medical College, Nehru Nagar, Belgaum-590 010, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-5009.101857

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"Late preterms may be apparently normal but a vulnerable group of preterm infants needing due attention both by the Obstetricians and Pediatricians. Late preterms like any other preterms are vulnerable to complications such as Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) and other complications seen in a preterm infant. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines recommend administration of antenatal corticosteroids in a mother in premature labor only up to the gestational age of 34 weeks. This is a case report of a preterm baby with a gestational age of 35 weeks which presented with RDS. We are hereby reporting this case to draw attention of the Obstetricians and Pediatricians toward this entity of 'Late Preterm' to provide better care to them and obtain better outcomes."

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