Changes in plasma cortisol and catecholamine concentrations in response to massage in preterm infants.

  title={Changes in plasma cortisol and catecholamine concentrations in response to massage in preterm infants.},
  author={Dominique V M Acolet and Neena Modi and Xenophon Giannakoulopoulos and Christine Bond and W. E. Van de Weg and Angela Clow and Vivette Glover},
  journal={Archives of disease in childhood},
  volume={68 1 Spec No},
The biochemical and clinical response to massage in preterm infants was assessed. Eleven stable infants, of 29 weeks' median gestational age, median birth weight 980 g, and median postnatal age 20 days, were studied. Blood samples were obtained for the determination of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol 45 minutes before the start of massage and approximately one hour after completion of massage. Cortisol, but not catecholamine, concentrations decreased consistently after massage (median… CONTINUE READING


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