What is the role of oligofructose in the pathogenesis 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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In healthy individuals, the intestinal milieu is characterized by a predominance of bifidobacteria. Such colonization is enhanced by the presence of oligofructose, a component of human milk, in the intestinal lumen. Infants who receive formula feedings without oligofructose as a constituent have been noted to have a predominance of clostridial organisms.


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