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Response to ‘In adolescence, extreme prematurity is associated with significant changes in the microvasculature, elevated blood pressure and increased carotid intima-media thickness’
  1. P P Bassareo1,
  2. V Fanos2,
  3. G Mercuro1
  1. 1 Department of Medical Sciences “M. Aresu”, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
  2. 2 Department of Surgery, Section of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Puericulture Institute and Neonatal Section, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr P P Bassareo, Department of Medical Sciences “M. Aresu”, University of Cagliari, Cagliari 09042, Italy; piercard{at}

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We have read with great interest the commendable article by Lee et al,1 who have demonstrated that adolescents who have been born extremely preterm show an increase in their systemic blood pressure and carotid intima-media thickness, as well as a decrease in forearm vessel reactivity during arterial occlusion.

The authors have suggested that this condition …

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