Necrotizing enterocolitis

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Necrotizing enterocolitis

A rare intestinal disease characterized by potentially life-threatening inflammatory bowel necrosis predominantly affecting preterm neonates. Patients may present with feeding intolerance lethargy temperature instability abdominal distention blood-stained stools diarrhea bilious vomiting apnea and signs of sepsis. Radiographic features include pneumatosis intestinalis portal venous gas presence of fixed dilated intestinal loops bowel wall edema and (in case of bowel perforation) pneumoperitoneum.

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Orphadata: Free access data from Orphanet. © INSERM 1999. Available on http://www.orphadata.org. Data version April 2024

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Advocacy Organizations

NEC Society

The NEC Society is the world's leading NEC-focused nonprofit. We were founded by a bereaved mother and now bring together clinicians, patient-families, and researchers to advance NEC research, education, and advocacy. Together, we are working tirelessly to build a world without necrotizing enterocolitis.

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