Bolus feeding has no effect on cerebral hemodynamics, irrespective of gestational age

Stefano Bembich, Gabriele Cont, Jenny Bua, Chiara Orlando, Donatella Di Benedetto, Sergio Demarini

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Abstract

Objective: By multichannel near-infrared spectroscopy, we studied if gestational age has any influence on preterm cerebral hemodynamics, during bolus feeding. Methods: Oxy-haemoglobin (HbO2), as cerebral blood flow estimate, and the ratio between HbO2 and total haemoglobin (HbO2/HbTot), as cerebral oxygenation estimate, were assessed in 40 stable premature infants, during a 10 min bolus feeding. Results: We found no effect of any of the gestational ages studied (25–34 weeks) either on cerebral blood flow or on oxygenation, during a bolus feeding procedure. Conclusions: Bolus feeding appears not to affect cerebral hemodynamics of uncritically preterm infants, irrespective of gestational age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jun 29 2016

Keywords

  • Gavage feeding
  • near-infrared spectroscopy
  • neonatal cerebral oxygenation
  • premature infant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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