[Perinatal care for extremely preterm infants. Considerations of the "risks in pregnancy" department]

Arch Pediatr. 2017 Dec;24(12):1287-1292. doi: 10.1016/j.arcped.2017.09.006. Epub 2017 Nov 21.
[Article in French]


Decisions regarding whether to initiate or forgo intensive care for extremely premature infants are often based on gestational age alone. However, other factors also affect the prognosis for these patients and must be taken into account. After a short review of these factors, we present the thoughts and proposals of the Risks and Pregnancy department. The proposals are to limit emergency decisions, to better take into account other factors than gestational age and prenatal predicted fetal weight in assessing the prognosis, to introduce multidisciplinary consultation in the evaluation and proposals that will be discussed with the parents, and to separate prenatal steroid therapy from decision-making regarding whether or not to administer intensive care.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Extremely Premature
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Perinatal Care*
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk Factors