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Neonatal blood pressure waves are associated with surges of systemic noradrenaline
  1. B Wefers1,
  2. S Cunningham2,
  3. R Stephen3,
  4. N McIntosh3
  1. 1
    Department of Neonatology, Section of Child Life and Health, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2
    Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3
    Department of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Birgit Wefers, NICU, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK; b.wefers{at}


Neonatal blood pressure (BP) waves have been linked to neonatal illness. We investigated plasma levels of vasoactive hormones when BP waves were observed. Peak and trough noradrenaline levels correlated with mean BP (p = 0.028). There was no relationship to adrenaline, dopamine or endothelin levels.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.