clinical features

Last reviewed 01/2018

Presentation is with babies developing respiratory distress shortly after birth.

The features are very non specific, and precise symptoms should not be sought. However, generalised features may include the following:

  • early symptoms include lethargy, apnoea, bradycardia, and poor feeding - there may be temperature instability
  • on examination, there may be diminished air entry over areas of consolidation or effusion. There may be fine crepitations heard on inspiration in some cases.