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Does patent ductus arteriosus affect feed tolerance in preterm neonates?


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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