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Indian J Pediatr. 2010 Nov;77(11):1266-9. doi: 10.1007/s12098-010-0179-x. Epub 2010 Sep 7.

Waist circumference and mesenteric fat in neonates: negative correlation.

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Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira (IMIP), Rua Antenor Navarro, Graças, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. joaoguilherme@imip.org.br

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To measure mesenteric fat thickness with ultrasound scan in neonates and to assess the correlation with waist circumference.

METHODS:

Ninety five healthy newborns had the maximum thickness of mesenteric leaves measured by ultrasound examinations of abdomen with an Envisor scanner (Philips Ultrasound, Bothell, Wash) and a L12-5 transducer (Philips Ultrasound). The correlation between the thickness of mesenteric leaves with abdominal waist was calculated.

RESULTS:

Maximum thickness of mesenteric leaves ranged from 0.24 to 1.00 mm (x = 0.57 ± 0.17) . There was a significant negative correlation between abdominal waist (AW) and mesenteric fat thickness (r = -0.384; p < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Mesenteric fat thickness in newborns is inversely associated with waist circumference. Higher visceral adiposity in neonates may be a protective mechanism from intrauterine growth restriction however this could persist into adulthood life.

PMID:
20821279
DOI:
10.1007/s12098-010-0179-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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