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Early postnatal dexamethasone treatment and increased incidence of cerebral palsy
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    Re: Dexamethasone treatment and cerebral palsy
    Dear Editor,

    We appreciate Dr Pharoah's comments on the definitions of incidence and prevalence.[1] However, his interpretation of the data appears erroneous.[2]

    Dr Pharoah suggests that perhaps the dexamethasone-treated infants were sicker than the control infants and were saved by the intervention only to go on to suffer from cerebral palsy. This interpretation is incompatible with the data. There were...

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    Dexamethasone treatment and cerebral palsy
    Dear Editor,

    Both the title of this paper and the first paragraph of the discussion imply that the use of postnatal dexamethasone may lead to cerebral palsy. However, it is the misuse of the term "incidence" that gives rise to this interpretation. The authors did not, neither could they, provide incidence data. What they presented was cerebral palsy prevalence data.

    If it is accepted that prevalence and no...

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