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Immaturity related lung hypoplasia: comment on current classification in neonatal death statistics
  2. H DOLK
  1. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  2. Keppell Street, London WC1E 7HT

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    Editor—The Office for National Statistics uses an algorithm to classify neonatal deaths.1It is based on an hierarchical classification of causes to derive a single cause group for each death.2 Cause groups include, in descending order: congenital malformations, antepartum infection, immaturity related conditions, asphyxia/anoxia/trauma, external conditions, infections, other specific conditions, sudden infant deaths, and other unclassified conditions.

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