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Hepatocyte growth factor levels of cord blood in healthy term newborns
  1. Isamu Hokuto,
  2. Yohei Matsuzaki,
  3. Masayuki Miwa,
  4. Takeshi Arimitsu,
  5. Emi Okishio,
  6. Kazushige Ikeda
  1. Department of Pediatrics, Keio University, School of Medicine, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Kazushige Ikeda, Department of Pediatrics, Keio University School of Medicine, 35 Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan; kazuiked{at}

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Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) has been reported recently to be a prognostic factor of acute pulmonary disorders. Regarding the clinical relationships of HGF with neonates, Khan et al reported the cord blood serum HGF level in neonates in 1996.1 Since the serum HGF level in normal neonates was 0.66 to 1.33 ng/dl, which was about three times higher than the adult reference value, and increased with the gestational age, they …

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  • Funding Keio Gijuku Academic Development Funds.

  • Competing interests None.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.