Journal article

Perinatal glucocorticoid therapy and neurodevelopmental outcome: an epidemiologic perspective.

TM O'Shea, LW Doyle

Seminars in Neonatology | Published : 2001

Abstract

A relatively brief course of antenatal glucocorticoids (ACS), given to reduce the severity of respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants, improves survival and appears to protect against brain damage. In clinical trials as well as observational studies, ACS have been associated with a decreased risk of intraventricular haemorrhage and cerebral palsy. In observational studies a decreased risk of white-matter damage, identified with cranial ultrasound, has been observed. There is some evidence, from observational studies, that repeated courses of ACS (typically given at weekly intervals) can reduce the rate of fetal head growth, and experiments in animals provide further support for this..

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