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Glycerin laxatives for prevention or treatment of feeding intolerance in very low birth weight infants

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, September 2015
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Title
Glycerin laxatives for prevention or treatment of feeding intolerance in very low birth weight infants
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Cochrane database of systematic reviews, September 2015
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd010464.pub2
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Jasim Anabrees, Vibhuti S Shah, Ahlam AlOsaimi, Khalid AlFaleh

Abstract

Feeding intolerance is a common clinical problem among preterm infants. It may be an early sign of necrotising enterocolitis, sepsis or other serious gastrointestinal conditions, or it may result from gut immaturity with delayed passage of meconium. Glycerin laxatives stimulate passage of meconium by acting as an osmotic dehydrating agent and increasing osmotic pressure in the gut; they stimulate rectal contraction, potentially reducing the incidence of feeding intolerance. To assess the effectiveness and safety of glycerin laxatives (enemas/suppositories) for prevention or treatment of feeding intolerance in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants. We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; 2015, Issue 4), MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL). We restricted our search to all randomised controlled trials and applied no language restrictions. We searched the references of identified studies and reviews on this topic and handsearched for additional articles. We searched the database maintained by the US National Institutes of Health (www.clinicaltrials.gov) and European trial registries to identify ongoing trials. We considered only randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials that enrolled preterm infants < 32 weeks' gestational age (GA) and/or < 1500 g birth weight. We included trials if they administered glycerin laxatives and measured at least one prespecified clinical outcome. We used standard methods of The Cochrane Collaboration and its Neonatal Group to assess methodological quality of trials, to collect data and to perform analyses. We identified three trials that evaluated use of prophylactic glycerin laxatives in preterm infants. We identified no trials that evaluated therapeutic use of glycerin laxatives for feeding intolerance. Our review showed that prophylactic administration of glycerin laxatives did not reduce the time required to achieve full enteral feeds and did not influence secondary outcomes, including duration of hospital stay, mortality and weight at discharge. Prophylactic administration of glycerin laxatives resulted in failure of fewer infants to pass stool over the first 48 hours. Included trials reported no adverse events. Our review of available evidence for glycerin laxatives does not support the routine use of prophylactic glycerin laxatives in clinical practice. Additional studies are needed to confirm or refute the effectiveness and safety of glycerin laxatives for prevention or treatment of feeding intolerance in VLBW infants.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Unknown 129 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 25 19%
Student > Bachelor 17 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 11%
Researcher 12 9%
Other 11 8%
Other 23 18%
Unknown 28 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 37 28%
Nursing and Health Professions 20 15%
Social Sciences 8 6%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 7 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 4%
Other 17 13%
Unknown 37 28%

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#216
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