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Necrotizing Enterocolitis

  • Kathryn D. Bass

As neonatal intensive care improves, the survival of infants of early gestation (<28 weeks) and very low birth weight (VLBW < 1,000g) increases. Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a disease that has evolved in part from these advances. Ninety percent of all cases occur in the premature infant; the other major risk factor is early formula feedings. Feedings that are advanced at a rapid rate and volume create the greatest risk.

Keywords

Patent Ductus Arteriosus Necrotizing Enterocolitis Bowel Distension Pneumatosis Intestinalis VLBW Infant 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn D. Bass
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  1. 1.Department of Pediatric SurgeryUniversity of North Texas, Cook Children’s Medical CenterFort WorthUSA

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