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Other Conditions

Dad kissing baby preemie NICU
In addition to problems affecting the heart, lungs, digestive system, and brain, premature babies can be affected by other conditions. These are often the result of the immaturity of the various other systems including the immune system, bone marrow, liver, brain’s breathing centre, or eye.   Although many of the conditions in this section are not necessarily serious and are most often successfully treated, it should be remembered that conditions primarily affecting one part of the body often affect other parts of the body. For example, an infection of one organ puts strain on the whole immune system which in turn can make coping with other unrelated conditions more difficult.

Andrew James, BSc, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC

Aideen Moore, MD, FRCPC, MRCPI, MHSc