Necrotizing Enterocolitis

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Necrotizing Enterocolitis

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Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) is the most common gastro-intestinal emergency seen in preterm babies and is a common cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Management of acute NEC is complex...

NEC is far more common in babies born at less than 32 weeks’ gestation; it affects 1 in 13 babies born weighing <1,500 grams. NEC may occur term babies too although it is rare and usually associated with an underlying circulatory condition (e.g. congenital heart disease)...

Before we dive head first into the nitty gritty of it, let’s pause and think about which babies get NEC. Prematurity is by far the biggest risk factor but other risk factors include:

  1. A history…

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