Which nonspecific lab abnormalities suggest 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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Answer

Nonspecific laboratory abnormalities can include the following (See Workup.):

  • Thrombocytopenia

  • Leukopenia or leukocytosis with left shift

  • Neutropenia

  • Prolonged prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), decreasing fibrinogen, rising fibrin split products (in cases of consumption coagulopathy)


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