What is the role of a blood culture 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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Obtaining a blood culture is recommended before beginning antibiotics in any patient presenting with any signs or symptoms of sepsis or NEC. Although blood cultures do not grow any organisms in most cases of NEC, sepsis is one of the major conditions that mimics the disease and should be considered in the differential diagnosis. Therefore, identification of a specific organism can aid and guide further therapy.


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