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Journal of Perinatal Medicine

Official Journal of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine

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Volume 33, Issue 5


Neonatal pneumothorax: comparison between neonatal transfers and inborn infants

Daniele Trevisanuto / Nicoletta Doglioni / Paola Ferrarese / Stefania Vedovato / Erich Cosmi / Vincenzo Zanardo
Published Online: 2005-09-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JPM.2005.079


Objective: To assess the differences in clinical characteristics, management and outcome between the neonatal transfers and inborn neonates with pneumothorax.

Methods: The records of 36 neonatal transfers (Group A) and 25 inborn (Group B) neonates with symptomatic pneumothorax were retrospectively analyzed.

Results: In Group A, gestational age (36±2 vs. 31±4 weeks; P<0.01), birth weight (2720±537 vs. 1736±1028 g; P<0.01), exclusive oxygen-therapy before the event (47% vs. 20%; P<0.05) and tube thoracostomy (78% vs. 44%; P<0.05) were significantly higher than in Group B. The need of resuscitation at birth (19% vs. 44%; P<0.05), conventional mechanical ventilation (20% vs. 56%; P<0.05), presence of associated major congenital malformations (0% vs. 20%; P<0.01), length of hospital stay (9±6 vs. 32±32 days; P=0.01) and mortality (0% vs. 16%; P=0.01) were significantly lower in Group A than in Group B.

Conclusions: Neonatal transfers and inborn neonates with pneumothorax have different clinical characteristics and outcome. This information could be useful for all persons involved in the interhospital care of perinatal patients.

Keywords: Infant newborn; pneumothorax; transport

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Corresponding authors: Erich Cosmi, MD Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Daniele Trevisanuto, MD Department of Pediatrics University of Padua, Via Giustiniani No 3, 35100, Padua, Italy Tel.: +39-339-8146745 Fax: +39-049-8213409 ;

Received: March 8, 2005

Revised: May 2, 2005

Accepted: June 15, 2005

Published Online: 2005-09-13

Published in Print: 2005-10-01

Citation Information: Journal of Perinatal Medicine, Volume 33, Issue 5, Pages 449–454, ISSN (Online) 1619-3997, ISSN (Print) 0300-5577, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JPM.2005.079.

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