Neonatal Necrotizing Enterocolitis: An Update

David L. Dudgeon, Peter A. Schneider, Paul Colombani, Mary Jo Ghory, James R. Buck, J. Alex Haller

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We reviewed 91 cases of neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis (NNEC), which continues to be a devastating disease occurring in 2% to 4% of all newborn intensive care unit admissions. Onset now occurs in older infants (11.9 days). The morbidity is significant (22%), with strictures (8%) and recurrences (8%) the primary problems. Recurrences are more likely to require surgical intervention and result in a high mortality. Early diagnosis of necrotic bowel before perforation, peritoneal contamination, and sepsis is difficult and contributes to the still high, but improved, overall mortality of 36%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1389-1392
Number of pages4
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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