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A prospective study of infant zinc nutrition during intensive care.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6786075     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Zinc nutritional status was evaluated during intensive care for 55 infants. Plasma zinc, serum albumin, alkaline phosphatase, growth, nutrient intake, and clinical data were examined. The more premature infants (less than 32 wk gestational age) had higher zinc levels on admission, but their levels declined more rapidly than in more mature infants. Zinc level did not correlate with albumin or alkaline phosphatase. Low zinc levels (45 microgram/dl or less) occurred at about 6 wk in 14 of 39 premature infants. True zinc deficiency occurred in two premature infants; it was manifest by increased gastric residuals, poor suck, and decreased growth, but neither infant had the skin or gastrointestinal signs generally expected with zinc deficiency. There was evidence that sick premature infants may need more zinc than is currently recommended to supplement parenteral nutrition and more than the amount supplied in premature infant formulas currently available.
J W Thorp; R L Boeckx; S Robbins; S Horn; A B Fletcher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0002-9165     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Clin. Nutr.     Publication Date:  1981 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-07-20     Completed Date:  1981-07-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376027     Medline TA:  Am J Clin Nutr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1056-60     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Critical Care
Gestational Age
Infant Care
Infant Food / standards
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Parenteral Nutrition
Serum Albumin / metabolism
Zinc / blood,  metabolism*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Serum Albumin; 7440-66-6/Zinc

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