'Sucrose analgesia': Absorptive mechanism or taste perception?

Luca A. Ramenghi, David J. Evans, Malcolm I. Levene

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It remains unclear whether 'sucrose analgesia' is related to a pre- or postabsorptive mechanism. In a double blind cross over study sucrose reduced the pain response of preterm infants exposed to heel prick blood samples only when it was administered into the mouth. It was ineffective when administered intragastrically.

Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Analgesia
  • Heel prick
  • Sucrose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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