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Sonographic findings in premature infants with necrotising enterocolitis
  1. D Dilli1,
  2. Ş S Oğuz1,
  3. H Ö Ulu1,
  4. H Dumanlı2,
  5. U Dilmen1
  1. 1
    Department of Neonatology, Ministry of Health Zekai Tahir Burak Maternity Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
  2. 2
    Department of Radiology, Ministry of Health Zekai Tahir Burak Maternity Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
  1. Dr D Dilli, Zekai Tahir Burak Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Yenidoğan Ünitesi, Talatpasa bulvari, Hamamönü, Ankara, Turkey; dilekdilli2{at}yahoo.com

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We work in a busy unit of a regional referral tertiary hospital with an annual neonatal intensive care unit census of 5000 patients. We prospectively assessed all neonates with suspected or definite necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) (n = 64) when they were 3–29 days old in our unit during the last 15 months. The gestational age of the infants ranged from 24 to 36 weeks and they weighed 850–2690 g (mean 1440 g). They showed signs of marked intestinal dilatation (n = 31), intramural gas (n = 21), air/fluid level (n = 4) and subdiaphragmatic free air (n = 8) on plain …

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