Intra-abdominal Adiposity In Preterm Infants: An Explorative Study


Submitted: 18 November 2014
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Published: 31 December 2012
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Authors

  • F. Taroni NICU, University Departement of Maternal and Pediatric Sciences, Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy.
  • L. Forzenigo U.O. Radiologia, Fondazione IRCCS “Ca’ Granda” Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, Milano, Italy.
  • T. Tondolo Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biomediche, Sezione di Scienze Radiologiche, Ospedale San Paolo, Milano, Italy.
  • N. Liotto NICU, University Departement of Maternal and Pediatric Sciences, Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy.
  • B. Bracco NICU, University Departement of Maternal and Pediatric Sciences, Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy.
  • E. Garavaglia NICU, University Departement of Maternal and Pediatric Sciences, Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy.
  • F. Garbarino NICU, University Departement of Maternal and Pediatric Sciences, Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy.
  • P. Biondetti U.O. Radiologia, Fondazione IRCCS “Ca’ Granda” Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, Milano, Italy.
  • F. Mosca NICU, University Departement of Maternal and Pediatric Sciences, Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy.
Objective: The aim of the present study was to compare the total body fat mass and the intra-abdominal adipose tissue between preterm infants assessed at term corrected age and full-term newborns. Methods: An observational explorative study was conducted. 25 preterm and 10 full term infants were evaluated at 0-1 month of corrected and postnatal age, respectively. The total body fat mass was assessed by means of an air displacement plethysmography system (Pea Pod COSMED, USA) and the intra-abdominal adipose tissue by means of magnetic resonance imaging (software program SliceOMatic, Version 4.3,Tomovision, Canada). Results: Total body fat mass (g) of preterm and term infants was 633 (±183) and 538 (±203) respectively while intra-abdominal fat mass (g) was 14.2 (±4.9) and 19.9 (±11.4). Conclusions: Preterm infants, although exhibiting a total body fat mass higher than full term infants, do not show an increased intra-abdominal adipose tissue.

Taroni, F., Forzenigo, L., Tondolo, T., Liotto, N., Bracco, B., Garavaglia, E., Garbarino, F., Biondetti, P., & Mosca, F. (2012). Intra-abdominal Adiposity In Preterm Infants: An Explorative Study. La Pediatria Medica E Chirurgica, 34(6). https://doi.org/10.4081/pmc.2012.52

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