volume 99, issue 6, Pe7-e7 1997
DOI: 10.1542/peds.99.6.e7
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M. Oishi, H. Nishida, T. Sasaki

Abstract: ABSTRACT. The viability limit defined by the Japanese Eugenic Protection Act was amended from 24 to 22 completed weeks of gestation in 1991. To testify if the amendment is appropriate, we conducted a survey on the mortality and morbidity rates of infants less than 600 g born in Japan between 1984 to 1993.Questionnaires were mailed to 205 hospitals with neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and 165 (80%) responded. Of 1655 infants <600 g birth weight and admitted to the NICUs included in this survey, 457 (28%)…

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