What is the significance of metabolic acidosis in patients with 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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Low serum bicarbonate (<20 mEq/L) in a baby with a previously normal acid-base status is also concerning. It is seen in conjunction with poor tissue perfusion, sepsis, and bowel necrosis.


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