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BPD Overview

Another name for BPD is Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.

What is bronchopulmonary dysplasia?
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia is a lung disorder that occurs in newborn and premature infants whose lungs are not completely developed at birth. These infants require oxygen and treatment on a ventilator in order to support breathing. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, and asthma are the most common chronic lung diseases in infants in the US.

What are the symptoms of bronchopulmonary dysplasia?
Symptoms of bronchopulmonary dysplasia include shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, and rapid breathing.

How does the doctor treat bronchopulmonary dysplasia?
Treatment for bronchopulmonary dysplasia may include oxygen therapy, chest physical therapy, oral corticosteroids, bronchodilator medications, diuretics, and medications that replace lung surfactant.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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