What is the historical origin 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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Numerous, vague reports in 19th-century literature report described infants who died from peritonitis in the first few weeks of life. The first half of the 20th century brought more reports of peritonitis with ileal perforation due to what was called infectious enteritis. In 1953, Scmid and Quaiser called this condition newborn NEC. [1] The first clear report of NEC did not appear until 1964, when Berdon from the New York Babies Hospital described the clinical and radiographic findings of 21 infants with the disease. [2]

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