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September 1979

Increased Incidence of Lactobezoars in Low Birth Weight Infants

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Neonatal Medicine, Departments of Pediatrics (Drs Schreiner, Stevens, Lemons, and Gresham), and Nutrition and Dietetics (Ms Brady), and the Section of Pediatric Radiology (Dr Franken), Indiana University School of Medicine and the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis.

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(9):936-940. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130090064012

• Fifteen low birth weight infants had their conditions complicated by the formation of a lactobezoar. The mean gestational age was 30.3 weeks; mean birth weight was 1,184 g, and the mean age at the time of diagnosis was 11.8 days. Twelve of the infants were receiving an 80 kcal/dL-formula and one infant, a 40 kcal/dL-formula designed for the premature infant. Symptoms included abdominal distension, emesis or increased gastric residual, diarrhea, hematest-positive stools, abdominal mass, and gastric perforation.

(Am J Dis Child 133:936-940, 1979)

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