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Does patent ductus arteriosus affect feed tolerance in preterm neonates?
  1. S K Patole1,
  2. V Kumaran2,
  3. J N Travadi2,
  4. J M Brooks2,
  5. D A Doherty1
  1. 1University of Western Australia, Perth
  2. 2Department of Neonatal Paediatrics, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Perth, South Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
    S K Patole
    Department of Neonatal Paediatrics, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Bagot road, Perth, Western Australia 6008, Australia;Sanjay.Patole{at}


Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), especially PDA with sepsis, has been reported as a risk factor for feed intolerance in preterm neonates. In this study, the start to full feeds interval was found to be longest in preterm neonates (⩽28 weeks’ gestation) with sepsis, followed by that in preterm neonates with sepsis and PDA, and in those with PDA alone.

  • IUGR, intrauterine growth restriction
  • NEC, necrotising enterocolitis
  • PDA, patent ductus arteriosus
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  • Competing interests: None declared.

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