Tongue Fasciculations in the Newborn

Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Center Zagreb, University of Zagreb Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia.
The Journal of pediatrics (Impact Factor: 3.79). 06/2013; 163(5):1526. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.05.030
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