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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 257-259

Phenomenal role of nitroglycerin in the treatment of neonatal digital gangrene

1 Department of Neonatology, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi, India
2 FNB Reproductive Medicine, BACC Bengaluru, Karnataka, MD Obstetrics and Gynaecology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijpd.IJPD_117_20

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Introduction: Placement of peripheral venous catheter is a common requirement for the neonates requiring intensive care unit admissions. This simple procedure can sometimes lead to catastrophic complications such as peripheral tissue ischemia/gangrene. This is particularly common in preterm neonates. Effective treatment is very important to prevent long-term sequelae or need for amputation. Nitroglycerin (NTG) is a potent smooth muscle relaxant and improves vascular flow. Case Report: Here, we report a case of neonatal digital gangrene which was successfully treated with topical NTG with no adverse outcome. Discussion: Topical NTG is a potential treatment option for neonatal peripheral gangrene.

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