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Volume 11, Pages 655-656
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2011.69
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Neonatal Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Neonatal Intensive Care Department, Mohammed VI University Hospital and Research Team for Childhood, Health and Development, Marrakech School of Medicine, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco

Received 19 December 2010; Revised 13 January 2011; Accepted 25 February 2011

Academic Editor: Daniel Batlle

Copyright © 2011 Saad Lahmiti and Abdelmounaim Aboussad.

Abstract

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a gastrointestinal disease that mostly affects premature infants. It involves infection and inflammation that causes destruction of the bowel. Although it affects only 1 in 2,000 to 4,000 births, or between 1 and 5% of neonatal intensive care unit admissions, NEC is the most common and serious gastrointestinal disorder among hospitalized preterm infants. We present a very representative abdominal X-ray of this disease.