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The very low-birthweight infant
Very low-birthweight (VLBW) infants represent an overall growing number of patients with unique demands for caretakers involved at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The rate of VLBW infants is rising owing to the higher incidence of premature births from multiple gestations, resulting from assisted-reproductive techniques. VLBW infants are at high risk of various health problems, making successful prevention and therapy a daily challenge. This review intends to outline the major diseases of VLBW infants and will present the most recent advances in medical care for this patient population.