Indications for operation in acute necrotizing enterocolitis of the neonate.


A study to evaluate criteria for operation was carried out in 61 infants with acute necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). A total of 10 clinical, roentgenographic, and laboratory criteria were considered. Each proposed operative criterion was correlated with the documented presence or absence of intestinal gangrene in these infants. Indications for operation… (More)