Probiotics and necrotizing enterocolitis.

  title={Probiotics and necrotizing enterocolitis.},
  author={Josef Neu},
  journal={Clinics in perinatology},
  volume={41 4},
One of the most controversial areas in neonatology is whether probiotics should be provided routinely to preterm infants to prevent necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). This review provides the reader with a brief overview of NEC and current concepts of its pathophysiology, discusses the microbial ecology of the intestine in preterm infants and factors that may lead to a "dysbiosis", summarizes studies of probiotics in preterm infants, elaborates on the need for regulation in this area, and… CONTINUE READING
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