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Gut hormone levels in neonates under phototherapy.
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PMID:  9570032     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Gastrin, vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) and neurotensin plasma levels were measured in three groups of healthy term newborn infants, on the 3rd, 4th and 5th days of life. Group A consisted of 15 babies without jaundice. Group B comprised of 15 babies with mild jaundice (bilirubin levels < 256 mumol/l) and group C included 15 babies with marked jaundice (bilirubin levels > 256 mumol/l) who received phototherapy for at least 24 h. There was no significant difference in gut hormone levels between groups A and B. Infants in group C had significantly lower gastrin levels compared to infants in groups A and B, on both days 4 and 5. VIP levels on the 4th day of life were significantly higher in group C in comparison to groups A and B. Neurotensin levels in the three groups did not differ significantly. Increased stool number was noted in infants in group C. Increased VIP levels in jaundiced infants under phototherapy may be the cause of increased stool frequency, through stimulation of intestinal water and electrolyte secretion.
A Gounaris; N Alexiou; C Costalos; M Daniilidou; V Bakoleas; E Constantellou
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0378-3782     ISO Abbreviation:  Early Hum. Dev.     Publication Date:  1998 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-06-11     Completed Date:  1998-06-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Neonatal Department, General Hospital of Piraeus, Nikea, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Gastrins / blood*
Infant, Newborn
Jaundice, Neonatal / blood,  therapy*
Neurotensin / blood*
Phototherapy / adverse effects*
Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide / blood*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Gastrins; 37221-79-7/Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide; 39379-15-2/Neurotensin

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