Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is the most common surgical emergency encountered in the neonatal intensive care unit. NEC occurs in 1-3/1,000 live births. Over 90 % of infants affected are premature and weigh less than 2,000 g. As advances in neonatal care have led to increased survival rates of infants of even smaller birth weight and earlier gestational age, the incidence of NEC has increased. The mortality for infants with NEC is 10-50 % with a decrease of surgical mortality to 20-50 %.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Common Surgical Diseases|
|Subtitle of host publication||An Algorithmic Approach to Problem Solving, Third Edition|
|Publisher||Springer New York|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas