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Neonatal Medicine

Transfusion Risks and Uncertainties

Among very-low-birth-weight neonates is red blood cell transfusion an independent risk factor for subsequently developing a severe intraventricular hemorrhage?

Baer VL, Lambert DK, Henry E, Snow GL, Butler A, Christensen RD.

Source‎: Transfusion 2011;51(6):1170-8.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21166684

DOI‎: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2010.02980.x

Do platelet transfusions in the NICU adversely affect survival? Analysis of 1600 thrombocytopenic neonates in a multihospital healthcare system.

Baer VL, Lambert DK, Henry E, Snow GL, Sola-Visner MC, Christensen RD.

Source‎: J Perinatol 2007;27(12):790-6.

Indexed‎: PubMed 17855804

Red blood cell transfusion in critically ill children: a narrative review.

Istaphanous GK, Wheeler DS, Lisco SJ, Shander A.

Source‎: Pediatr Crit Care Med 2011;12(2):174-83.

Indexed‎: PubMed 20453700

DOI‎: 10.1097/PCC.0b013e3181e30d09

Neurocognitive profiles of preterm infants randomly assigned to lower or higher hematocrit thresholds for transfusion.

McCoy TE, Conrad AL, Richman LC, Lindgren SD, Nopoulos PC, Bell EF.

Source‎: Child Neuropsychol 2011;17(4):347-67.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21360360

DOI‎: 10.1080/09297049.2010.544647

Thrombocytopaenia and intraventricular haemorrhage in very premature infants: a tale of two cities.

von Lindern JS, Hulzebos CV, Bos AF, Brand A, Walther FJ, Lopriore E.

Source‎: Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 2012;97(5):F348-52.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22933094

DOI‎: 10.1136/fetalneonatal-2011-300763

Association between red blood cell transfusion and bronchopulmonary dysplasia in preterm infants.

Zhang Z, Huang X, Lu H.

Source‎: Sci Rep 2014;4:4340.

Indexed‎: PubMed 24614152

DOI‎: 10.1038/srep04340

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