Which physical findings are characteristic 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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The pertinent physical findings in patients who develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) can be primarily gastrointestinal (GI), primarily systemic, indolent, fulminant, or any combination of these. A high index of clinical suspicion is essential to minimize potentially significant morbidity or mortality.


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