Necrotizing enterocolitis

Location of intestines in infant belly with detail of healthy intestine and one with necrotizing enterocolitis

Necrotizing enterocolitis is infection and inflammation of the bowel (intestines). The disease is most common among premature newborns.

Current as of: August 22, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Jennifer Merchant MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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