Intra-abdominal Adiposity In Preterm Infants: An Explorative Study

F. Taroni, L. Forzenigo, T. Tondolo, N. Liotto, B. Bracco, E. Garavaglia, F. Garbarino, P. Biondetti, F. Mosca
  • F. Taroni
    NICU, University Departement of Maternal and Pediatric Sciences, Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy | francesca.taroni@unimi.it
  • 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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Pretermine- Composizione corporea- Adiposità intra-addominale

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