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Nutrition in Infancy

Part of the series Nutrition and Health pp 429-439

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Vitamin K Deficiency and its Prevention and Treatment in Infants

  • Eugen-Matthias StrehleAffiliated withNorthumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and The Medical School, Newcastle University, North Tyneside General Hospital Email author 

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Abstract

Vitamin K (VK) is the name for a group of fat-soluble organic substances that consist of a 2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone ring structure with differing carbon side chains at the 3-position.

Keywords

Hemorrhagic disease of the newborn Vitamin K Vitamin K deficiency bleeding Vitamin K prophylaxis Proteins induced by vitamin K absence or antagonism PIVKA