Plasma amino acid patterns in very low birth weight infants during parenteral nutrition

Gopal Srinivasan, Abbasian Amin, Rosita S. Pildes, Lawrence D. Lilien, Reuben Matalon

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Plasma amino acids were measured in eight very low birth weight infants (≤ 1000 gm) before and after infusion of parenteral alimentations with Freamine III. Significant elevation in serum threonine, valine, isoleucine, methionine, serine, proline, glycine and omithine was noted after twenty four hours of infusion. On the other hand, significant decreases in taurine and tyrosine levels were noted. Our study suggests that current solution is not optimal for premature neonates and the amount of protein administered during the first week in infants weighing ≤ 1000 gm should be decreased from the recommended 2.5-3.0 gm/kg/day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
JournalThe Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
Externally publishedYes



  • Parenteral nutrition
  • Plasma amino acids
  • Very low birth weight (VLBW) infants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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