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Vitamin K for neonates

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 18 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1635
  1. J Slattery
  1. Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH4 2XU.

    EDITOR, - Whether vitamin K predisposes children to cancer certainly needs investigation. However, this issue was not central to my article, 1 as Gerald Draper and Andrew McNinch seem to suggest.2 My question is whether any serious side effects exist for this drug and whether it is possible to justify treatment of 25 000 babies at low risk of haemorrhage to avoid one major haemorrhage without regard to the possibility that we might endanger many more than …

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