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Duration of meconium passage in preterm and term infants
  1. M Elisabetta Baldassarre1,
  2. A Laneve1,
  3. M Fanelli2,
  4. F Russo1,
  5. F Varsalone1,
  6. F Sportelli1,
  7. M R Falcone1,
  8. N Laforgia1
  1. 1
    Gynecology, Obstetrics and Neonatology Department, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
  2. 2
    Department of Internal Medicine and Public Health, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
  1. Correspondence to M Baldassarre, Department of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Neonatology, Neonatal and Intensive Care Unit, University of Bari, Policlinico Hospital, P.zza G.Cesare, 11 Bari 70124, Italy; blmr08b2{at}

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We read with interest the paper by Bekkali et al regarding duration of meconium passage in preterm and term infants.1 Current data concerning first meconium passage and time to achieve regular bowel movements (RBM) in preterm newborns are quite conflicting. We reviewed medical records of seven hundred and twenty preterm newborns (<36 days gestational age), admitted to the Neonatology and NICU section of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Neonatology …

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