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J Am Diet Assoc. 1987 Oct;87(10):1353-6.

Predigested formula for infants with cystic fibrosis.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin, Madison.


The object of this study was to assess the growth rates of patients with cystic fibrosis fed various diets and test the hypothesis that the weight of infants could be normalized by 1 year of age if they were placed on predigested formula before age 6 months. A group of 19 newly diagnosed patients placed on Pregestimil were compared with a group who were fed standard formula. At 1 year of age, the Pregestimil group showed significantly greater length and weight and a twofold higher average weight percentile. Growth velocity determined for the period between diagnosis and 12 months of age was better (p less than .001) for babies raised on Pregestimil (556 compared with 423 gm/month). Using weight percentile as the major growth index and values less than the fifth percentile as abnormal at age 12 months, we found that all 19 babies were normal in the group fed Pregestimil, whereas nine were below the fifth percentile in the group fed regular formula (p = .0006).

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