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A reduction of necrotising enterocolitis at Groote Schuur Hospital nursery

Y Joolay, N R Rhoda, L Tooke, A R Horn, M C Harrison


Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) is an gastro-intestinal emergency occurring almost solely in preterm, low birth weight infants. Mortality, morbidity and the complication rate are high. An increase in NEC at the Groote Schuur Hospital nursery in 2008 prompted a change of practice, resulting in a significant decrease in the condition.

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Y Joolay, Groote Schuur Hospital

N R Rhoda,

L Tooke,

A R Horn,

M C Harrison,

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Necrotising Enterocolitis

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South African Medical Journal 2011;101(11):806.

Article History

Date submitted: 2011-04-14
Date published: 2011-11-01

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