CSF lactate levels in neonates. Effect of asphyxia, gestational age, and postnatal age.

Journal Article

During a six-month period, lactate measurements were performed on all samples of CSF obtained by lumbar puncture from infants of varying gestational ages between birth and 32 days of age. The normal levels of lactate in the CSF of newborns were demonstrated to be higher than those previously reported in older children or adults. A steady decrease in CSF lactate levels was demonstrated as postnatal age increased, so that after the first ten days of life, CSF lactate levels were within the range reported for older children and adults. We could not demonstrate that neonatal asphyxia or gestational age significantly altered these values.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McGuinness, GA; Weisz, SC; Bell, WE

Published Date

  • January 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 137 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 48 - 50

PubMed ID

  • 6847960

Pubmed Central ID

  • 6847960

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-922X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140270044015


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States