The optimal mode of delivery for extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants remains unknown. We reviewed the medical records of 374 ELBW infants (gestational age 23-34 weeks) delivered between 1998 and 2003 at UAMS. The cesarean section rate was 63.9%. The overall mortality rate was 16.0%. The mortality rate for vaginally delivered infants was 26.7% (36/135) vs. 10% (24/239) for cesarean section (P < .0001). Cesarean delivery was associated with higher odds of survival without severe brain injury (SBI) (OR = 2.33, 95% CI [1.36, 4.00]).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||The Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society|
|State||Published - Sep 2007|
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