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Aspiration pneumonia in association with oral vitamin K
  1. V Bhandari,
  2. N On Tin,
  3. S R Ahmed
  1. Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington DL3 6HX, UK;

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Most infants born in the British Isles now receive vitamin K prophylaxis, and the trend towards oral administration continues.1 With the awareness that vitamin K is well absorbed from the gut2 and following publication of the report linking intramuscular vitamin K and childhood cancer,3 oral vitamin K prophylaxis has become more widespread. However, because of lack of uniform national policy, the practice of vitamin K administration varies from region to region. Cases of aspiration or anaphylaxis following oral vitamin K …

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