What are the advantages of abdominal ultrasonography in the diagnosis of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)?

Updated: Dec 27, 2017
  • Author: Shelley C Springer, JD, MD, MSc, MBA, FAAP; Chief Editor: Muhammad Aslam, MD  more...
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Available at bedside


Can identify areas of loculation and/or abscess consistent with a walled-off perforation

Excellent for identifying and quantifying ascites

Limited availability at some medical centers

Requires extensive training to discern subtle ultrasonographic appearance of some pathologies

Abdominal air can interfere with assessing intra-abdominal structures

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