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Semin Perinatol. 2006 Apr;30(2):77-80.

Gastrointestinal maturation and feeding.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32610, USA. neu@ufl.edu

Abstract

The intestine serves not only as a digestive absorptive organ, it is also one of the largest immune organs of the body, has a huge endocrine and exocrine role, and also encompasses neural tissue equivalent to that of the entire spinal cord. The microbial microenvironment also plays a critical role in development. This brief overview of developmental aspects of these intestinal functions will be related to clinical problems in the neonatal period and subsequent health.

PMID:
16731281
DOI:
10.1053/j.semperi.2006.02.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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