Body composition in late preterm infants according to percentile at birth
A new study investigating body composition of preterm infants measured with Air Displacement Plethysmography (ADP) has been published on the prestigious nature.com Pediatric Research journal.
The study aimed to investigate body composition of late preterm infants, according to percentile at birth, and to compare their body composition with that of term newborns.
A total of 122 (99 appropriate and 23 small for gestational age) late preterm infants underwent growth and body composition assessment using an air displacement plethysmography system (PEA POD by COSMED) on the fifth day of life and at term. The reference group was composed of 42 healthy, term, breast-fed infants.
The study concludes thath "late preterm infants, irrespective of their percentile at birth, show postnatal growth characterized by predominant fat mass accretion. The potential long-term health clinical implications of these findings need to be further elucidated."
The article details are the following:
- Title: "Body composition in late preterm infants according to percentile at birth"
- Authors: Giannì ML, Roggero P, Liotto N, Taroni F, Polimeni A, Morlacchi L, Piemontese P, Consonni D, Mosca F - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Clinical Science and Community Health, Fondazione IRCCS "Ca' Granda" Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, Italy.
- Published in:Pediatr Res. 2015 Dec 30.
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