Comparison of Survival in Very Preterm, Moderate and Late Preterm Neonates

Muhammad Affan Arif Butt, Farah Naz, Muhammad Maaz Arif

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Objective: To compare the frequency of survival in very, moderate and late preterm neonates. Study Design: It was a descriptive study. Place and Duration of Study: Neonatology Department, The Children’s Hospital & Institute of Child Health, Lahore over a period of six months from March 2017 to September 2017. Material and Methods: One hundred and fifty preterm neonates fulfilling the selection criteria were enrolled. Very, moderate and late preterm neonates were recorded. The neonates were followed to record survival during hospital stay. Results: The mean age at the time of presentation of neonates was 2.00 ± 1.72 days. There were 103 (68.7%) males and 47 (31.3%) female neonates. There were 35 (23.3%) early preterm, 45 (30%) moderate preterm and 70 (46.7%) born late preterm, while mean birth weight of preterm neonates was 1955.07 ± 593.94 grams. Among early preterm neonates, 14 (40%) survived while 21 (60%) died. Among moderate preterm neonates, 26 (57.8%) survived while 19 (42.2%) died. Among late preterm neonates, 51 (72.9%) survived while 19 (27.1%) died. The difference was significant (p<0.05). Conclusion: Prematurity is a significant problem worldwide. The survival pattern varies from country to country according to the facilities available. The percentage of survival improves with increase in birth weight and increasing gestational age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-19
Number of pages5
JournalPakistan Paediatric Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Gestational age
  • Mortality
  • Neonates
  • Preterm
  • Survival


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