What is the prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders in patients with 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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Infants who survive NEC are at increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders. [27] As many as 50% of infants who survive NEC have some abnormality in intelligence and motor skills. However, the incidence of non-gastrointestinal sequelae in matched cohorts with and without NEC are similar, implying that neurodevelopmental problems may be a function of underlying prematurity rather than of NEC itself.

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