Which findings on red blood cell count are significant in the workup 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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Premature infants are prone to anemia due to iatrogenic blood draws, as well as anemia of prematurity; however, blood loss from hematochezia and/or a developing consumptive coagulopathy can manifest as an acute decrease in hematocrit.

An elevated hemoglobin level and hematocrit may mark hemoconcentration due to notable accumulation of extravascular fluid.


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