Necrotizing Enterocolitis Directory
Necrotizing enterocolitis is an infection and inflammation of the intestine that is seen within the first two weeks to three months after birth, most commonly in babies born prematurely. The disease may occur when the immune and digestive systems are not properly formed. Symptoms may include a swollen, shiny belly, bloody stools, fast heartbeat, and vomiting. Treatment includes intravenous feeding in a hospital neonatal intensive care unit, antibiotics, and possibly surgery to remove damaged parts of the intestine. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about necrotizing enterocolitis, why it develops, how it is diagnosed and treated, and much more.
Premature Infant-Topic Overview
What is prematurity?A full - term pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. An infant born at 38 weeks is fully developed and called a full - term infant. An infant born between 22 and 37 completed weeks of pregnancy is called a premature infant, or "preemie." In the United States, about 1 out of 10 births is premature.1Why is prematurity a problem? Most infants born close to 37 weeks' gestation (completed
An abdominal X-ray provides a picture of structures and organs in the abdomen, such as the large and small intestines, stomach, liver, spleen, and diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest cavity and the abdominal cavity.
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