Table 4

Neutrophil functions in healthy preterm and term neonates compared with healthy adult values

Neutrophil functionPreterm infantTerm infant
Migratory ability55↓↓
Degranulation57↓↓↓/ ↔
Phagocytosis88↓↓
NET generation60↓↓
ROS generation53
  • References are as given.

  • ↔, similar ‘normal’ function; ↓, reduced function; NET, neutrophil extracellular trap; ROS, reactive oxygen species.