Developmental outcomes of extremely preterm infants born at 23 weeks of gestation
Background. Our aim was to study the developmental outcome of infants born alive and treated at 23 gestational weeks in Turku University Hospital during 2001–2014.
Methods. Data was collected from hospital medical records including follow-up assessments and developmental tests.
Results. Eight of 21 live-born infants survived. Most survivors had at least minor cognitive or attentional learning-related problems in follow-up.
Conclusions. Infants born at 23 gestational weeks need thorough follow-up and support because of a high risk of long-term problems.