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Chapter 9 - The Artificial Womb

from Section 1: - General Principles

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 October 2019

Mark D. Kilby
Affiliation:
University of Birmingham
Anthony Johnson
Affiliation:
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Dick Oepkes
Affiliation:
Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum
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Summary

Despite advances in neonatal intensive care, prematurity remains an unsolved clinical challenge and a leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality [1]. Approximately 6% of all live births in the USA are considered extremely preterm (delivery at less than 28 weeks’ gestation), and the incidence of prematurity has slowly risen over the past decade [2]. Prematurity is thought to account for one-third of infant mortality [3], one-half of cerebral palsy, and 80% of survivors born at 22–28 weeks’ gestation will suffer at least one major co-morbidity [4].

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Fetal Therapy
Scientific Basis and Critical Appraisal of Clinical Benefits
, pp. 83 - 90
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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