The incidence of osteopenia of prematurity in preterm infants without phosphate supplementation: A prospective, observational study

Dina Angelika, I. Dewa Gede Ugrasena, Risa Etika, Paulus Rahardjo, Arend F. Bos, Pieter J.J. Sauer

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Abstract

To meet their requirements for bone mineralization, it is recommended that preterm infants receive nutritional support containing calcium and phosphate. There are no clear data on the incidence of osteopenia of prematurity (OFP) in preterm infants without phosphate supplementation.This study aimed to investigate the incidence of OFP in preterm infants without phosphate supplementation and its relationship with the duration of parenteral nutrition (PN).This was a prospective and observational study.This study included 30 infants aged <32 gestational weeks and weighed <1500 g at birth. All infants received PN according to a standard protocol, beginning on day 1 with calcium, without phosphate. Starting from the first day of life, all infants received human milk without fortifiers. Oral vitamin D (400 IU/d) was administered when enteral nutrition reached 100 mL/kg/d.The diagnosis of OFP was based on radiographs that were taken of both wrists. Serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP) was measured 3 times: at the start of PN (ALP 1), at the end of PN (ALP 2), and at discharge or the expected due date (ALP 3). Radiographs were obtained on the same day as ALP 3. The duration of PN was analyzed in the presence of OFP using receiver operating characteristic curve analysis.Among the 30 infants, 13 (43%) were diagnosed with OFP. The duration of PN was significantly longer in the OFP group than in the group without OFP (16 vs 12 days; P < .05). The provision of PN for >15 days significantly increased the risk of OFP (odds ratio, 5.40; 95% confidence interval, 1.12-26.04; P = .035).We found a high incidence of OFP in preterm infants without phosphate supplementation. An association was found between the duration of PN and the incidence of OFP. Further research is needed to prevent the development of osteopenia in preterm infants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E25758
JournalMedicine (United States)
Volume100
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2021

Keywords

  • osteopenia of prematurity
  • parenteral nutrition duration
  • phosphate supplementation

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