Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 98:F132 doi:10.1136/fetalneonatal-2011-301257
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An unusual acute abdominal swelling in a preterm baby with perforated necrotising enterocolitis

  1. Shree Vishna Rasiah1
  1. 1Neonatal Unit, Birmingham Women's Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatric Surgery, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Lakshmi Podugu, Birmingham Women's Hospital, Neonatal Unit, Mindelson Way, Edgabston, Birmingham B15 2TG, UK; lpodugu{at}
  • Received 13 November 2011
  • Accepted 20 February 2012
  • Published Online First 3 May 2012

Case History

A 24-week gestation baby was managed conservatively at 23 days of life for necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) (Bell's stage 1). On day 3 of treatment, she developed an acute, localised, anterior abdominal wall swelling just to the right of the midline (figure 1). Her clinical condition had not worsened. This swelling was …

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