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Trisomy 18: palliative surgical intervention
  1. Hannah Spierson1,
  2. Yasser Masood1,
  3. Ross J Craigie2,
  4. Ngozi Edi-Osagie1,3
  1. 1 Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
  2. 2 Paediatric Surgery, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
  3. 3 Faculty of Medical and Human Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hannah Spierson, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester M23 9LT, UK; hannahspierson{at}gmail.com

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Trisomy 18 has a poor prognosis,1 2 however, some of the anomalies seen may be amenable to surgery in the neonatal period, therefore providing intensive care including surgery must be carefully considered. We undertook a retrospective review of surgical intervention in babies with a confirmed diagnosis of Trisomy 18 admitted to our neonatal unit over a 5-year period (1 September 2011 to 31 August 2016). Fifteen babies with Trisomy 18 were identified, 12 male and 3 female. Mean maternal age at delivery was 36 years (range 22–45 years). Mean birth weight was 1.91 kg (range 1.02–2.85 kg). Babies were born …

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