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Intestinal function in infants with severe congenital heart disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  633015     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We evaluated digestive tract function in 21 young infants with severe congenital heart disease. One group had congestive heart failure and ventricular septal defect or single ventricle; the other had cyanosis and transposition of the great arteries. Enteric protein loss was excessive in eight patients, and steatorrhea was found in five. These abnormalities were mild and not related to the type or severity of the cardiac lesion. Available evidence points to a need of these babies for calories in excess of normal requirements for weight. The present study suggests that in designing dietary regimens for these very sick patients, their potential for defective gastrointestinal function must be considered. Because no consistent pattern of abnormalities in apparent, each patient who fails to thrive may deserve gastroenterologic evaluation.
J M Sondheimer; J R Hamilton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of pediatrics     Volume:  92     ISSN:  0022-3476     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  1978 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-05-17     Completed Date:  1978-05-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375410     Medline TA:  J Pediatr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  572-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anoxia / physiopathology
Body Weight
Chlorides / metabolism
Chronic Disease
Energy Intake
Heart Defects, Congenital / metabolism,  physiopathology*
Intestines / physiopathology*
Nitrogen / metabolism
Oxygen Consumption
Potassium / metabolism
Proteins / metabolism
Sodium / metabolism
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Chlorides; 0/Proteins; 7440-09-7/Potassium; 7440-23-5/Sodium; 7727-37-9/Nitrogen

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