Table 1

Perinatal characteristics of preterm infants receiving either a three day course of dexamethasone (Dex) or placebo

Placebo (n=79) Dex (n=80) p Value
Birth weight (g)1204 (360)1278 (390)0.22
Gestational age (weeks)29.3 (2.6)29.2 (2.6)0.81
Sex (M/F)44/3547/330.63
Apgar at 5 min8 (2)8 (2)0.88
Cesarean section52 (66%)50 (63%)0.50
Antenatal steroids
 None56 (71%)61 (76%)
 partial9 (11%)10 (13%)0.52
 Complete14 (18%)9 (11%)
  • Values are mean (SD) unless indicated otherwise.