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Necrotizing enterocolitis

  • Symptoms

    Symptoms may come on slowly or suddenly, and may include:

    • Abdominal distention
    • Blood in the stool
    • Diarrhea
    • Feeding intolerance
    • Lethargy
    • Temperature instability
    • Vomiting

    Signs and tests
    • Abdominal x-ray
    • Stool for occult blood test (guaiac)
    • Elevated white blood cell count in a CBC
    • Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)
    • Lactic acidosis