Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC)

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


This baby was born premature at 27 weeks. He is now 2 months old (35 weeks corrected) and presents with abdominal distension.

Patient Data

Age: 2 months
Gender: Male

Abdominal xrays.

The bowel is distended, and a bubbly appearance to the bowel wall is in keeping with mural gas. 

Case Discussion

Necrotizing enterocolitis typically occurs in premature infants, although in most cases it is seen within 10 days of birth. 

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Case information

rID: 5961
Case created: 2nd Apr 2009
Last edited: 29th Jul 2017
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