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Survival of extremely preterm infants
  1. Nashwa Matta1,
  2. David Young2,
  3. Richard Boulton1,
  4. Helen Mactier1
  1. 1Neonatal Unit, Princess Royal Maternity, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Department of Statistics and Modelling Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Helen Mactier, Neonatal Unit, Princess Royal Maternity, Glasgow, UK; helen.mactier{at}ggc.scot.nhs.uk

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Draper et al1 have highlighted the variation across Europe in outcomes of very preterm infants. Specifically, at 24–27 weeks' gestation, mortality as a percentage of infants alive at start of labour varied from 41.5% to 80.5%, and at <24 weeks' gestation from 0% to 9.7%. There is no mention, however, of the potential for variation within regions.

We have recently audited the outcome for extremely preterm babies born alive within the city of Glasgow between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2002. The …

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