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Gastrointestinal maturation and implications for infant feeding.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17913404     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The level of gastrointestinal (GI) maturity of an individual infant is a major determinant of whether the infant will be able to meet nutritional needs by sole use of the GI tract or if parenteral means will be necessary. The GI tract is not only an organ for digestion and absorption of nutrients; it also performs major endocrine, neural and immunologic functions. In this review, anatomic, functional and biochemical development will be described and related to means by which enteral nutrition can be used in the prematurely born infant to optimize health and prevent disease.
Josef Neu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-10-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0378-3782     ISO Abbreviation:  Early Hum. Dev.     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-05     Completed Date:  2008-01-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  767-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, University of Florida, FL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Gastrointestinal Tract / growth & development*
Infant Food*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / physiology*

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