Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal Research Priority Setting Partnership: help wanted

Katie Evans
Neonatal Research Priority Setting Partnership Project Co-ordinator and Clinical Research Fellow in Neonatal Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Chris Gale
Academic Neonatologist and Neonatal Society Meeting Secretary

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transient vasospasm; ischaemia
Key points
  1. The arterial spasm is a well-known complication of arterial catheterisation in neonates.
  2. Transient peripheral vasospasm may occur in the preterm baby without any obvious precipitating factors.

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