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Heart surgery reduces in-hospital mortality risk in infants with trisomy 13, 18

October 18, 2017

For newborns with trisomy 13 or 18, congenital heart surgery decreased the risk of in-hospital mortality by more than 50%, especially when the infant is older in age, has a higher weight and is female, according to a study published in Pediatrics.

“Surgery gives parents the option to say, ‘We’re going to do everything we can for our baby,’” Thomas Collins, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics of pediatric cardiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, said in a press release. “And now, we’ve shown that heart surgeries could allow parents to take their babies home from the hospital and have them for 2 years or beyond, as opposed to 2 weeks.”

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