Il deficit di vitamina K nel neonato

Translated title of the contribution: Vitamin K deficiency in newborns

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Classical haemorragic disease of the newborn (first week of life) can be effectively prevented by oral or parenteral vitamin K supplementation. Late haemorragic disease of the newborn (2-12 weeks of life) is a rare but severe disease, presenting as intracranial haemorrhage in 50-80% of cases. It occurs in exclusively breastfed infants with inadequate vitamin K prophylaxis, and in infants with malabsorption syndromes. Late haemorragic disease of the newborn can be effectively prevented by a single intramuscular dose at birth. An alternative regimen may be a daily oral vitamin K supplementation for 13 weeks. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended a single intramuscular dose of vitamin K at birth.

Translated title of the contributionVitamin K deficiency in newborns
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)586-587
Number of pages2
JournalMedico e Bambino
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 30 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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