Advances in Therapy

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 297–311 | Cite as

Definition and Outpatient Management of the Very Low-Birth-Weight Infant With Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

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Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), also known as chronic lung disease of prematurity, is the major cause of pulmonary disease in infants. The pathophysiology and management of BPD have evolved over the past four decades as improved neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) modalities have increased survival rates. The likelihood for developing BPD increases with the degree of prematurity and reaches 25–35% in very low-birth-weight and extremely low-birth-weight infants. BPD affects many organ systems, and infants with BPD are at increased risk for rehospitalization and numerous complications following NICU discharge. The management of BPD and medically related problems, particularly during the first 2 years of life, remains a continuing challenge for parents and healthcare providers. It is important that a multidisciplinary team consisting of the neonatologist/attending physician, primary care physician, and other specialized support staff work in concert and meet regularly to provide continuity of care and accurate patient assessments.


Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity Complications Discharge Planning Growth Home Oxygen Therapy Incidence Nutrition Outpatient Management Respiratory Syncytial Virus 


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