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What are the tests for necrotizing enterocolitis?

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Dr. Craig Armstrong
Pediatrics

In brief: Xray

Premature babies who have feeding problems, stomach distention, rectal bleeding, vomiting, etc.
Are at risk for nec. Usually a simple x-ray of the abdomen can detect gas in the lining of the intestine or gas outside of the intestine which suggests perforation. Blood tests can be abnormal, but they are non-specific.

In brief: Xray

Premature babies who have feeding problems, stomach distention, rectal bleeding, vomiting, etc.
Are at risk for nec. Usually a simple x-ray of the abdomen can detect gas in the lining of the intestine or gas outside of the intestine which suggests perforation. Blood tests can be abnormal, but they are non-specific.
Dr. Craig Armstrong
Dr. Craig Armstrong
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