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Does nec only happen to premature babies?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Necrotizing enterocolitis (nec) is a serious intestinal problem that occurs in some premature babies. Nec can happen, but is much less common, in full-term babies. In nec, a combination of decreased blood flow to the intestines plus infection of the intestines with bacteria, leads to severe damage to parts of the intestines. Surgical removal of some damaged intestines must be done in some cases.
Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Pediatric Surgery 28 years experience
No: Although nec is seen much more frequently in premature babies it can occur in full term newborns as well.
Dr. Stephen Kim
Pediatric Surgery 27 years experience
No: Majority of nec occur in premature babies, however, it can also occur in full term babies.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
No: It can happen to full term infants also.

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Why does ivh mainly happen in premature babies?

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Yes: The reason for this is at least two fold. First, their brain blood vessels are fragile and still developing. Second, their brain blood vessels do not regulate blood pressure very well. Thus, fragile premature blood vessels see large fluctuations in blood pressure (particuarly with serious illness) that cause damage and even rupture. After 32 weeks gestation, these problems abate significantly.

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