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Congenit Heart Dis. 2013 Mar-Apr;8(2):89-102. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0803.2012.00705.x. Epub 2012 Aug 14.

Nutrition algorithms for infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome; birth through the first interstage period.

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Clinical Nutrition, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53201, USA.


Failure to thrive is common in infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and its variants and those with poor growth may be at risk for worse surgical and neurodevelopmental outcomes. The etiology of growth failure in this population is multifactorial and complex, but may be impacted by nutritional intervention. There are no consensus guidelines outlining best practices for nutritional monitoring and intervention in this group of infants. The Feeding Work Group of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative performed a literature review and assessment of best nutrition practices from centers participating in the collaborative in order to provide nutritional recommendations and levels of evidence for those caring for infants with single ventricle physiology.

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