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Echocardiographic assessment of early circulatory status in preterm infants with suspected intrauterine infection
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    Preterm Left Ventricular output is not systemic blood flow.

    Dear Editor,

    The premise of the data interpretation in this paper is based on the rather tenacious neonatal myth that left ventricular output is a measure of systemic blood flow. This is not true in the transitional circulations because of patency of the ductus arteriosus. Preterm babies demonstrate very variable degrees of ductal constriction in the early postnatal hours and the dominant shunt direction is left t...

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    Re: Echocardiographic assessment of early circulatory status in preterm infants with suspected intra
    • Dr Tom Dawson, SpR in Neonatology
    • Other Contributors:
      • Dr Jo Fedee, Dr Gemma Holder, Dr Imogen Storey, Dr Imogen Morgan and Mrs Mary Publicover

    Dear Editor,

    We have reviewed this article in our local Neonatal Journal club. We question the parameter used in this study to define the two groups, thus affecting the study conclusions.

    The authors state their study was "planned to evaluate early circulatory status by echocardiography in VLBW infants who were suspected of contracting intrauterine infection because of a significant increase in serum I...

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