Fluid supplementation versus no fluid supplementation in late preterm and term neonates with asymptomatic polycythemia: A randomized controlled trial
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OBJECTIVE: To compare supplemental intravenous fluids with no supplementation in asymptomatic polycythemic late preterm and term neonates. METHODS: 55 infants with venous haematocrit of 65-75 were randomly allocated to receive either 25 mL/kg IV normal saline over 6-8 hours or routine fluids. They were followed up for 48 hours. RESULTS: There was no significant difference between fluid supplementation and control groups regarding need for partial exchange transfusion [6/27 (22.2%) vs 8/28 (28.6%); P=0.59]. CONCLUSION: We did not find any evidence of clinical benefit with IV fluid supplementation in late preterm and term neonates with asymptomatic polycythemia (PCV 65-75).
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