Epidemiology of bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2009 Dec;14(6):358-66. doi: 10.1016/j.siny.2009.08.007. Epub 2009 Sep 26.


First described more than 40 years ago, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) remains one of the most serious and vexing challenges in the care of very preterm infants. Affecting approximately one-quarter of infants born <1500g birth weight, BPD is associated with prolonged neonatal intensive care unit hospitalization, greater risk of neonatal and post-neonatal mortality and a host of associated medical and neurodevelopmental sequelae. This seminar focuses on the epidemiology and definition of BPD as well as the current evidence pertaining to a number of potential preventive treatments for BPD: non-invasive respiratory support technologies, inhaled nitric oxide, vitamin A, and caffeine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia / epidemiology*
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia / prevention & control
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia / therapy
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature / physiology*
  • Risk Factors