Impaired parasympathetic response to feeding in ventilated preterm babies

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William N. Dudley, Professor Public Health Education (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: HF power, representing primarily parasympathetic activity, did not increase with enteral feeding as anticipated. LF power, an indicator of sympathetic tone, decreased during and after feeding suggesting the anticipated effect of inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system in response to the gut stimulus. Critically ill VLBW infants possess an overriding sympathetic response, but may not have adequate PNS tone development.

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Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal Neonatal Ed 2005;90:F505–F508.
Language: English
Date: 2005
Parasympathetic activity, enteral feeding, sympathetic nervous system, sympathetic response

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