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The extremely preterm births. Recommendations for treatment in European countries.
  1. Maria Serenella Pignotti (m.pignotti{at}
  1. Meyer Children Hospital, University of Florence, Italy


    With the advances in medical technology, the outcome for high-risk infants has greatly improved and the limit of human viability has shifted towards an increasingly lower gestational age. However, hand in hand with the positive outcome of saving neonates, modern neonatal intensive care has also brought to light several issues of an ethical nature in the care of these infants, especially those considered to be affected by incurable diseases or severely injured during pregnancy, delivery, or the early neonatal period, those affected by major and/or multiple congenital abnormalities, and those at the borderline of viability (25 or fewer completed weeks of gestation).

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