Does patent ductus arteriosus affect feed tolerance in preterm neonates?
- 1University of Western Australia, Perth
- 2Department of Neonatal Paediatrics, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Perth, South Australia, Australia
- Correspondence to:
S K Patole
Department of Neonatal Paediatrics, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Bagot road, Perth, Western Australia 6008, Australia;
- Accepted 20 June 2006
- Published Online First 23 June 2006
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), especially PDA with sepsis, has been reported as a risk factor for feed intolerance in preterm neonates. In this study, the start to full feeds interval was found to be longest in preterm neonates (⩽28 weeks’ gestation) with sepsis, followed by that in preterm neonates with sepsis and PDA, and in those with PDA alone.
Competing interests: None declared.