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Does nec only happen to premature babies?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Stephen Kim
Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Majority of nec occur in premature babies, however, it can also occur in full term babies.

In brief: No

Majority of nec occur in premature babies, however, it can also occur in full term babies.
Dr. Stephen Kim
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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Although nec is seen much more frequently in premature babies it can occur in full term newborns as well.

In brief: No

Although nec is seen much more frequently in premature babies it can occur in full term newborns as well.
Dr. Faisal Qureshi
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: No

It can happen to full term infants also.

In brief: No

It can happen to full term infants also.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
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