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Funisitis and raised interleukin 6 concentrations in gastric aspirates at birth
  1. Y D Kim1,
  2. W Y Hyun2,
  3. H J Cha3
  1. 1Department of Pediatrics, Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan, South Korea
  2. 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ulsan University Hospital
  3. 3Department of Pathology, Ulsan University Hospital
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Kim
    Department of Pediatrics, Ulsan University Hospital, No 290-3, Jeon-ha dong, Dong-ku, Ulsan, South Korea;

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From the second trimester to near term, fetuses in utero can swallow up to 500–1000 ml amniotic fluid a day, which assists in normal development of the gastrointestinal system.1,2 The aims of this study were to determine whether the concentration of gastric interleukin 6 (IL6) immediately after birth was associated with funisitis, the histological hallmark of fetal inflammatory response syndrome,3 and whether measuring the gastric IL6 concentration would be an effective method for identifying funisitis.

In a prospective pilot study conducted at the Ulsan University Hospital in South Korea between …

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  • Competing interests: none declared