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need for transfusion. Low levels of Sao. indicate that changes in oxygen or ventilation therapy are necessary and we use the oximeter as a guide to effect these changes. After an adequate improvement in Sao., we check blood gas tensions and pH. We adjust inspired oxygen and ventilatory support to keep Sao. at approximately 90%, and when above 96% we measure Pao•. We have shown that if Sao. is 96% or less, the chance of the Pao. exceeding 100 torr is less than 5%." In the majority of infants who are sick enough to need an arterial catheter, the Sao. fluctuates between 85 and 95% when they are in a stable condition. We are grateful to the staff of the Intensive Care Nursery of H.C. Moffitt Hospital and the staff of the Clinical Physiology Services Laboratory of the Cardiovascular Research Institute for thier help in carrying out this study.


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Neonatal lead intoxication in a prenatally exposed infant Nalini Singh, M.B., B.S., Carol M. Donovan, M.A., R.P.T., and James B. Hanshaw, M.D., Worcester, Mass.

LEAD POISONING is a significant problem among infants and children in contact with lead-based paint. The transfer of lead across the human placenta and its potential threat to the conceptus have been recognized since the early part of this century. The effects oflead are dose related; the mother in this report had far less plumbism than those reports of many years ago, which were clearly' associated with severe fetal damage. It is known that lead can be transferred from the placenta to the fetus at different stages of gestation, I. , and lead has been found in the cord blood of newborn infants delivered in Boston- and New York City' in concentrations ranging from 10 to 30 ug/dl. The following report represents the first example of a liveborn infant with biochemical evidence of lead intoxication due to prenatal exposure to lead.

CASE REPORT A 3,200 gm white girl was born after 40 weeks gestation to a 20-year-old" mother who, with her husband, had removed paint

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Neonatal lead intoxication in a prenatally exposed infant.

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