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Premature Birth

Premature Birth: Introduction

The delivery of a baby prior to full term. A birth is generally considered premature if it occurs more than three weeks before the due date but after the period of viability (20 weeks or 500g). A premature birth reduces the amount of time a baby has to grow and develop and if the birth is too premature, the baby may be insufficiently developed to survive. The cause of a premature birth may be unknown or due to conditions such as a ruptured amniotic sac, diabetes, hypertension, weak cervix and malnutrition. Roughly 1 in 8 US babies are born prematurely. Premature births increase the infant's risk of health problems. ...more »

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Treatments for Premature Birth

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Premature Birth: Deaths

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Premature Birth: Complications

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Causes of Premature Birth

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Disease Topics Related To Premature Birth

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Premature Birth: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Premature Birth

Mild worm infections undiagnosed in children: Human worm infestations, esp. threadworm, can be overlooked in some cases, because it may cause only mild or even absent symptoms. Although the most common symptoms are more »

Unnecessary hysterectomies due to undiagnosed bleeding disorder in women: The bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand's disease is quite common in women, but often fails more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to more »

Rare type of breast cancer without a lump: There is a less common form of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer. Its symptoms can be an inflammation of the breast tissue, such as with a more »

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure. The "cuff" around the arm more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but migraines can also occur in children. See misdiagnosis of more »

Undiagnosed celiac disease in pregnancy harms fetus: The failure to diagnose the common but less known digestive disease celiac disease (see symptoms of celiac more »

Misdiagnosed weight-related causes of infertility: A woman's weight status can affect her level of fertility. Although obesity or overweight can in themselves reduce fertility, there are other weight-related or more »

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Premature Birth: Rare Types

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Premature Birth

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Premature Birth: Animations

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Clinical Trials for Premature Birth

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