We sought to determine the reference range for urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (UNGAL) in very low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants with uncomplicated clinical courses. Samples of urine from 53 VLBW infants between 3 and 28 days of life were prospectively collected weekly for measurement of UNGAL. A subset of 22 infants with uncomplicated medical courses without risk factors for renal impairment was selected for study. Mean ± standard deviation and range for birth weight and gestational age of study infants were 1156 ± 191, 790 to 1440 g and 29 ± 2, 27 to 33 weeks, respectively. The 95th and 99th percentiles for UNGAL concentration from this group of infants were 25 ng/mL and 75 ng/mL, respectively. Bootstrapped mean 95th and 99th percentile values and their standard errors and 95 percent confidence intervals in ng/mL were 33.1 ± 13.0 (7.7, 58.6) and 67.5 ± 15.1 (37.9, 97.1), respectively. These values fall within the adult reference range. UNGAL values were stable across the ranges of gestational and postnatal age of the study infants. A preliminary reference range for UNGAL in VLBW infants has been established. Further investigation with more frequent urine collections in a larger population of VLBW infants that includes those with birth weights < 750 g and gestational ages < 27 weeks is necessary to confirm this reference range.
- Acute renal failure
- Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin
- Renal impairment
- Very low-birth-weight infant
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Obstetrics and Gynecology