by caryn (10131 Posts), Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:49 am
Children born at term exposed to preeclampsia had an increased risk of a variety of diseases, such as endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases (incidence rate ratio, 1.6; 95% confidence interval, 1.5-1.7), and diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs (incidence rate ratio, 1.5; 95% confidence interval, 1.3-1.8). Children born preterm exposed to preeclampsia had a similar pattern of hospitalizations compared with the children born preterm unexposed to preeclampsia, although they had a decreased risk of cerebral palsy (incidence rate ratio, 0.7; 95% confidence interval, 0.6-0.9).
So our children are about one and a half times as likely to have various sorts of metabolic diseases. They end up in the hospital at about the same rate, and are less likely to be born with cerebral palsy. Most of those diseases are pretty rare, and 1.5 times a small number is still a small number, but this might explain some of our demographic results like an uptick in the number of children with Type I diabetes...
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