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Expert Pearls

Premature Infant - Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy risk is increased. [Pediatrics, February 1995;95(2):263-269. 21802 (1996)] Summary Interview

Premature Infant - Intestinal permeability

Intestinal permeability is increased. [Clinical Pediatrics, June, 1994:325-329. 17930, 20842/20482 (1995)] Summary Interview

Premature Infant - progesterone, saliva testing - 50951

Preterm birth (PTB) risk can be assessed by the use of salivary hormone (progesterone) testing (lower levels increase risk). Progesterone therapy may reduce the risk of PTB. Salivary progesterone will be a standard risk assessment tool in the near future for high risk PTB pregnancies. [J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2014 Aug 14:1-5. [Epub ahead of print] 50951 (9/2015)] Interview PubMed

Retinopathy - docosahexaenoic acid - 49739

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) 60-200 mg/kg/day in a fish oil lipid emulsion given on the first day of life continuously by I.V. infusion over 21 hours each day in premature infants reduced the incidence of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), the need for ocular laser treatment, and cholestasis with no side effects.

[JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr, 2013 Aug 20; [Epub ahead of print]. 49739 (10/2013)] Summary Interview PubMed
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