Clinical Profile of Neonates with Respiratory Distress in a Tertiary Care Hospital

  • Anita Lamichhane Department of Pediatrics, Lumbini Medical College, Pravas, Palpa, Nepal
  • Kiran Panthee Department of Pediatrics, Devdaha Medical College, Bhaluhi, Rupandehi, Nepal
  • Sharmila Gurung Department of Forensic Medicine, Devdaha Medical College, Bhaluhi, Rupandehi, Nepal
Keywords: neonatal intensive care unit; neonates; respiratory distress.


Introduction: Respiratory distress in newborns is a very common reason for admission in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which may be transient or pathological; morbidity is high if not prompted for early diagnosis and treatment. The present study is undertaken to find out the clinical profile of neonates with respiratory distress in infants in a tertiary care hospital in western Nepal.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out in a tertiary care hospital in the western region of Nepal from April 2017 to March 2018 after approval from the institutional review committee. Sample size was calculated and consecutive sampling was done to reach the sample size. Data were collected from the study population after taking consent and entered in a predesigned proforma. It was then entered in a Statistical Package for Social Sciences, data analysis was done to find frequency and proportion for binary data.

Results: Tachypnea was the most common presentation 77 (69.36%). Out of 1694 live deliveries during the study period, the prevalence of respiratory distress was 6.55 % in the total live deliveries while 30.83 % in admitted cases in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Survival rate was 95.50% while mortality rate accounted for 4.50%.

Conclusions: Perinatal asphyxia accounted for the commonest cause of respiratory distress. To lessen the morbidity and mortality of the neonates with respiratory distress it is advocated that we practice proper and timely neonatal resuscitation, recognize the risk factors as early as possible so that perinatal asphyxia can be minimized.




How to Cite
Lamichhane, A., Panthee, K., & Gurung, S. (2019). Clinical Profile of Neonates with Respiratory Distress in a Tertiary Care Hospital. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, 57(220).
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