anemia of prematurity


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Related to anemia of prematurity: retinopathy of prematurity, Apnea of prematurity

anemia of prematurity

Neonatology A condition characterized by ↓ erythrocyte mass, which is most common in low- and very-low-birth weight infants Lab ↓ Reticulocytes, ↓ erythropoietin production

anemia of prematurity

Anemia that gradually develops in the first months of life in an infant born before the 37th week of gestation. It is caused by insufficient production of erythropoietin. Treatment may include red blood cell transfusions to increase iron stores and/or recombinant human erythropoietin.
See also: anemia