Respiratory

Lung Consequences in adults born prematurely

This study has found that most adult respiratory doctors do not ask about the neonatal period. They highlight that there is little evidence around managing adult preemies’ lung complaints and they are therefore often labelled as asthmatic. They recommend that smoking cessation, maintaining physical fitness, annual flu jobs, alongside a healthy lifestyle should be promoted irrespective of any symptoms. Click to read the article.

Bolton, C., Bush, A., Hurst, J., Kotecha, S., McGarvey, L. (2015) Lung Consequences in adults born prematurely. Thorax, 70: 574-580.

Lung function after extremely preterm birth—A population-based cohort study (EXPRESS)

Thunqvist et al. have concluded that many children born extremely preterm have altered airway mechanics and significant obstructive reduction in lung function. They highlight that this warrants consideration for treatment and continued follow-up. Click to read the abstract.

Thunqvist, P., Tufvesson, E., Bjermer, L, Winberg, A., Fellman, V., Domellöf, M., Melén, E., Norman, M., Hallberg, J. (2018).  Lung function after extremely preterm birth—A population-based cohort study (EXPRESS). Pediatric Pulmonology, 53: 64–72.