What is the role of serum sodium 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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Hyponatremia is a worrisome sign that is consistent with capillary leak and "third spacing" of fluid within the bowel and peritoneal space. Depending on the baby's age and feeding regimen, baseline sodium levels may be low normal or subnormal, but an acute decrease (


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