Which physical findings suggest necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)?

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: David A Piccoli, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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NEC may present with abdominal distention, tenderness, and guarding. Hypotension, tachycardia, tachypnea, hypoxia, shock, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), and cardiopulmonary arrest may be noted. The stool may have frank blood or may be heme-guaiac positive.


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