World First discovery in tiny babies
Monash Health doctors have discovered potential treatments to prevent tiny babies from developing chronic lung disease. Using ultrasound, Monash Health found abnormalities in the tiny lung vessels of babies born premature or too small for their age.
Researchers believe this is one of the causes of the potentially deadly condition that affects more than 1000 premature babies in Australia and New Zealand each year.
Babies with fetal growth restriction, where a baby is not growing at the right rate in the womb, face an even higher risk of bronchopulmonary dysplasia.
Monash University’s Professor Arvind Sehgal said the disease increased a baby’s risk of long hospital stays, repeated admissions and even death.