Faecal fatty acids and gastrointestinal upset in newborn infants.

Patterns of long-chain faecal fatty acids were studied by gas-liquid chromatography in 55 newborn infants in a neonatal intensive care unit. Decreased fractions of fatty acid C16:1 and increased fractions of C16:0 and C17:0 were associated with the occurrence of abdominal distension. Decreased fractions of C16:1 and C18:2 were associated with diarrhoea… (More)