What is the role of serum electrolytes 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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Serum electrolytes can show some characteristic abnormalities. Obtain basic electrolytes (Na+, K+, and Cl-) during the initial evaluation, followed serially at least every 6 hours depending on the acuity of the patient's condition.


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