How is necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) treated?

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: David A Piccoli, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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The treatment of one cause of colitis, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), includes cessation of feedings, nasogastric decompression, and intravenous (IV) fluid resuscitation with attention to electrolytes and acid-base balance. Antibiotics should be started as soon as cultures are obtained. Close monitoring with cardiorespiratory support is provided as required. Surgical therapy (see below) is initiated if medical therapy fails.hetro


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