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Prematurity Problems: Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn


Transient tachypnea , also known as transient rapid breathing and neonatal wet lung syndrome , is a temporary condition due to a slower than normal re-absorption of the fluid present in the newborn infant's lungs. Most of the fluid present in the foetal lungs is squeezed out during the process of birth and what remains is usually rapidly absorbed. This enables a newborn infant to start using their own lungs to provide the oxygen they need as soon as possible after birth.
Symptoms of transient tachypnea are those of respiratory difficulties (which does not alway imply low oxygen) and the usual treatment is the provision of oxygen.

For further, more detailed information on this topic, please refer to the reference source for this page.

The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken from the following source(s):
1. University of Wisconsin and The Center For Perinatal Care at Meriter Hospital Madison, Wisconsin:

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