Vitamin K Prophylaxis in the Newborn: Indications and Controversies

The full text article is not available for purchase.

The publisher only permits individual articles to be downloaded by subscribers.

Abstract:

Vitamin K is an organic exogenous compound required by humans for a vital function in clotting. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that is easily depleted and poorly stored, requiring dietary replenishing given that it cannot be synthesized in sufficient quantities to meet the requirements of humans and higher mammals. Vitamin K actually refers to not one but a group of fat-soluble (lipophilic, hydrophobic) vitamins that share a common methylated naphthoquinone characteristic chemical structure. There are two naturally occurring forms of vitamin K— vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 (Figures 1 and 2). Vitamin K3 is a synthetic water-soluble substance that is chemically similar to natural vitamin K but with limited effectiveness (Figure 3).

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/0730-0832.32.3.193

Publication date: May 1, 2013

More about this publication?
Related content

Tools

Favourites

Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more