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Comparison of conventional phototherapy and fiberoptic phototherapy in the very-low-body-weight infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11431858     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Phototherapy is effectively employed for the treatment of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, but it may influence the physiological hemodynamics of the infants, such as skin blood flow, insensible water loss and the redistribution of cardiac output. This is a retrospective chart review study involved totally 42 very low birth weight prematures(birth body weight less than 1500 gm, VLBW) who received conventional or fiberoptic phototherapy. Infants with congenital malformation, severe cardiorespiratory instability and the requirement of diuretics, inotropics or blood transfusion were excluded. The body weight loss, daily intake/output and bilirubin level during the initial four days of phototherapy were analyzed. The results showed the efficacy of both methods was the same, while the fiberoptic therapy group had significantly more urine output(p < 0.05), the body weight loss was not statistically significant. It is possible that the fiberoptic therapy group had less insensible water loss and less attenuation of the decrease of renal blood flow, this resulted in more urine output.
W H Lin; S J Chen; R B Tang; B Hwang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica Taiwanica = Taiwan er ke yi xue hui za zhi     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1608-8115     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr Taiwan     Publication Date:    2001 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-02     Completed Date:  2001-08-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100958202     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr Taiwan     Country:  China (Republic : 1949-)    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, 201, Sec. 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei 11217, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Chi-Square Distribution
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Very Low Birth Weight*
Jaundice, Neonatal / therapy*
Phototherapy / methods*
Retrospective Studies

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