The abdominal circumference to weight ratio increases with decreasing body weight in preterm infants

Creators: Mihatsch, Walter A. and Högel, Josef and Pohlandt, Frank
Title: The abdominal circumference to weight ratio increases with decreasing body weight in preterm infants
Item Type: Article or issue of a publication series
Journal or Series Title: Acta Paediatrica : nurturing the child
Page Range: pp. 273-274
Date: January 2007
Divisions: Gesundheitsmanagement
Abstract: Abdominal distension is one of the major clinical indications to withhold feedings in preterm infants. The abdominal circumference (AC) was measured in 42 premature infants on full enteral nutrition in order to establish reference values. AC decreased linearly (r2= 0.83) with decreasing weight. However, the AC to weight ratio increased substantially (hyperbolically) with decreasing weight. Conclusion: The increased AC to weight ratio may be misinterpreted as pathological abdominal distension in the clinical assessment of preterm infants on full enteral nutrition.
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Mihatsch, Walter A. and Högel, Josef and Pohlandt, Frank (2007) The abdominal circumference to weight ratio increases with decreasing body weight in preterm infants. Acta Paediatrica : nurturing the child, 93 (2). pp. 273-274. ISSN 1651-2227

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