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Factors increasing surfactant

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Factors which increase the amount of surfactant produced by a foetus or neonate include:

  • prolonged rupture of membranes
  • maternal hypertension and pre-eclampsia
  • steroids given to the mother
  • sickle cell disease in the mother
  • alcohol abuse by the mother

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