Agar in the management of hyperbilirubinaemia in the premature baby

Costantino Romagnoli, Giancarlo Polidori, Mariangela Foschini, Luigi Cataldi, Pierluigi De Turris, Giuseppe Gio Batta Tortorolo, R. Mastrangelo

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Eighty low birthweight infants (1500 to 2500 g) were randomly assigned to a group given oral agar and a control group. The study was first performed in 24 agar-fed babies and 24 control babies. The treated infants received a daily total amount of 600 mg/kg of agar beginning at 12 hours of age, for 7 days. In the later stage of the trial, 16 agar-fed babies and 16 control babies were investigated. The total daily amount of agar was raised to 700 mg/kg, beginning at 6 hours of age for 7 days. No complications were observed with the administration of agar. Serum bilirubin levels were not significantly lower in the agar-fed infants. We conclude that agar supplemented feeding is not indicated in the management of hyperbilirubinaemia in low birthweight newborn infants.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)202-204
Numero di pagine3
RivistaArchives of Disease in Childhood
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 1975
Pubblicato esternamente


  • Administration, Oral
  • Agar
  • Bilirubin
  • Birth Weight
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases
  • Male


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