Partial deficiency of surfactant protein B in an infant with chronic lung disease.

OBJECTIVE To evaluate components of pulmonary surfactant and identify mutations in the surfactant protein B gene (SP-B) of a term infant with severe respiratory distress and chronic lung disease. PATIENT AND TESTING: Respiratory distress developed in an infant delivered at term, and he required extracorporeal bypass support for 2 weeks. Until his unexpected… CONTINUE READING