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Low levels of pancreatic elastase 1 in stools of preterm infants
  1. F Campeotto1,
  2. N Kapel2,
  3. N Kalach1,
  4. H Razafimahefa3,
  5. F Castela1,
  6. L Barbot2,
  7. P Soulaines1,
  8. M Dehan3,
  9. J G Gobert2,
  10. C Dupont1
  1. 1Service de Néonatologie, Hôf.pital Cochin-Saint Vincent de Paul, 82 Avenue Denfert Rochereau, 75674 Paris Cedex 14, France and Université René Descartes, Paris V, France
  2. 2Service de Coprologie Fonctionnelle, Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpetriére, 47 Boulevard de l'Hôf.pital, 75651 Paris Cedex 13, France
  3. 3Service de Réanimation Néonatale, Hôf.pital Antoine Béclére, 157 rue de la Porte-de-Trivaux, 92141 Clamart, France
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Campeotto, Service de Néonatologie, Hôf.pital Saint Vincent de Paul, 82 Avenue Denfert Rochereau, 75674 Paris cedex 14, France;


The amount of faecal pancreatic enzyme elastase 1 was significantly lower in 42 preterm newborns than in 12 full term babies at day 2 (89 (3–539) v 354 (52–600) μg/g, p<0.0007) and day 5 (164 (3–600) v 600 (158–600) μg/g, p<0.05) and correlated positively with total nutrient intake during the first week of life in preterm infants. This should probably be taken into account during early feeding.

  • elastase 1
  • pancreas
  • newborn
  • preterm
  • stools

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