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Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is the most common gastrointestinal emergency in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

NEC most often happens in babies born premature, but can also happen in full-term babies.   

NEC occurs in about 10 percent of all babies born weighing less than 3½ pounds.

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Diagnosis NEC


Last Updated: 06/2014