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Micronutrients Are Not Deficient in Children with Nonorganic Failure to Thrive

Authors
 Junho Hong  ;  Sowon Park  ;  Yunkoo Kang  ;  Hong Koh  ;  Seung Kim 
Citation
 PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY HEPATOLOGY & NUTRITION, Vol.22(2) : 181-188, 2019 
Journal Title
 PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY HEPATOLOGY & NUTRITION 
ISSN
 2234-8646 
Issue Date
2019
Keywords
Failure to thrive ; Micronutrient
Abstract
Purpose: Inadequate calorie intake is one of the most important causes of nonorganic failure to thrive (NOFTT) and is thought to lead to multiple micronutrient deficiencies. However, there have been few studies on NOFTT and micronutrients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the micronutrient status of children with NOFTT. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study in 161 children (106 with NOFTT and 55 health controls) at a single institution. Data on weight for age, height for age, body mass index, and biochemical parameters, indicating the children's nutritional and micronutrient status were reviewed via electronic medical records, and the two groups were compared. Results: Except inorganic phosphate levels, no statistically significant differences were seen in the laboratory findings indicating the children's nutritional and micronutrient status; notably, the inorganic phosphate levels were within the normal range in both groups. We then compared the severe NOFTT (weight for age below the first percentile) and control groups; however, no statistically significant differences were seen for any of the measured parameters. Conclusion: Most children with NOFTT in this study had normal micronutrient levels and other laboratory findings. Therefore, element deficiencies should not be considered a natural consequence of NOFTT or in healthy children. Close monitoring and additional evaluations are needed.
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DOI
10.5223/pghn.2019.22.2.181
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Pediatrics (소아청소년과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kang, Yunkoo(강윤구) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1712-2138
Koh, Hong(고홍) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3660-7483
Kim, Seung(김승) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4373-9828
Park, So Won(박소원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2498-8004
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/174860
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