Blood sugar levels in twin neonates
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Blood sugar determinations were carried out on 50 pairs of twins before the initiation of first feeds. The mean blood sugar values of 36.69±14.03 mg/dl were observed. Blood sugar values had a definite correlation with birth weight and gestational age, significantly higher values were observed in infants weighing 2250 gm had above and having a gestational age of over 37 weeks. The mean sugar values did not differ between the larger and smaller twin in the 2 groups less than 25 percent discordant, nor were the values influenced by birth order or sex of these infants. Significant hypoglycemia (blood sugar <20 mg%) was observed in smaller member of the twin (70%) in 7 infant.
Key wordsTwins blood sugar levels birthweight gestation weight discordance sex birth order
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