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The diagnostic value of a single measurement of superior vena cava flow in the first 24 h of life in very preterm infants.
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PMID:  22638864     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Low superior vena cava (SVC) flow has been associated with intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH) in very preterm infants. We studied the diagnostic value of a single measurement of SVC flow within the first 24 h of life in very preterm infants and its association with occurrence or extension of IVH in a setting of limited availability of neonatal echocardiography. Preterm infants who were born at less than 30 weeks gestation and who had an echocardiogram within 24 h after birth were eligible. Baseline, clinical and ultrasound data were collected. A total of 165 preterm infants were included. Low SVC flow (<41 ml/kg/min) occurred in six infants and was associated with severe IVH and extension of IVH, although this was not significant after adjusting for confounders. The only independently associated variable with low SVC flow was admission temperature (odds ratio 0.27, p = 0.001). A review of SVC flow values shows that these are higher now than initially reported. This study does not show an association of low SVC flow and severe IVH or extension of IVH after adjusting for confounders as a single measurement of SVC flow did not add any diagnostic value in this cohort. Thus, the exact role of SVC flow measurements in the circulatory assessment of preterm infants remains to be elucidated. However, admission temperature may have an effect on systemic blood flow in very preterm infants.
James R Holberton; Sandra M Drew; Rintaro Mori; Kai König
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of pediatrics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1076     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-5-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7603873     Medline TA:  Eur J Pediatr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Paediatrics, Mercy Hospital for Women, 163 Studley Road, Melbourne, 3084, Victoria, Australia.
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