Objective To assess intestinal and cerebral oxygenation during and after red blood cell (RBC) transfusions in preterms with or without subsequent transfusion-associated necrotizing enterocolitis (TANEC).
Study Design In preterms of
Results In TANEC infants, r (c) SO (2) was lower during and after RBC transfusions than in controls, median (interquartile range) 55% (50-62) versus 72% (65-75), p
Conclusion In preterm infants lower r (c) SO (2) , but not r (int) SO (2) , values during and after RBC transfusions are associated with TANEC. Lower r (int) SO (2) and r (c) SO (2) variabilities after RBC transfusions may represent a diminished capacity for vascular adaptation, possibly leading to TANEC.