Long-term follow-up of bronchopulmonary dysplasia

J Pediatr. 1986 Jul;109(1):45-50. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(86)80570-4.


We observed 10 children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, evaluated initially by cardiac catheterization (mean age 18 months), for an average of 4.4 years. Age at last evaluation averaged 5.8 years; subjects reside in and around Albuquerque, N.M. (altitude 5000 ft). At initial cardiac catheterization, mean pulmonary artery pressure was 40 mm Hg, pulmonary vascular resistance index 8.9 units, and intrapulmonary shunt fraction was high; pulmonary wedge angiograms were normal. Over the period of follow-up the group has done poorly. Four of the 10 continue to receive home oxygen therapy, but none requires inotropic or diuretic therapy; four children have marked developmental or motor delays. Nine of 10 patients have abnormalities of respiratory function on spirometric testing. Four patients underwent recatheterization because of clinical indications; two had large atrial level left-to-right shunts not found on initial study. Reductions in pulmonary artery pressure (55 to 37 mm Hg) and pulmonary vascular resistance (11.9 to 7.8 units) occurred between the two studies in these four patients (average study interval 4.0 years); the still elevated levels of pressure and resistance fell further in response to 40% O2 administration. Pulmonary wedge angiograms were abnormal in each restudied patient. Although not uniformly bleak, the long-term outlook for children with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia is diverse and guarded.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia / complications
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia / physiopathology*
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia / therapy
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Child, Preschool
  • Coronary Circulation
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / complications
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy
  • Pulmonary Artery / physiopathology
  • Pulmonary Circulation
  • Vascular Resistance