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Is mesenteric blood flow compromised during phototherapy in preterm neonates?
  1. R Kadalraja,
  2. S K Patole,
  3. R Muller,
  4. J S Whitehall
  1. Department of Neonatology, Kirwan Hospital for Women, and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
    S Patole
    Department of Neonatal Paediatrics, KEM Hospital for Women, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia 6008;

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We have previously reported that abdominal distension, visible “ropy” bowel loops, and bile stained gastric aspirates (manifestations of ileus) without loose watery stools are more often observed in preterm neonates having conventional phototherapy (CPT) than in those not having this treatment.1 Reported changes in the mesenteric blood flow as well as peripheral blood flow and cardiac output during CPT indicate that …

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