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Perforated necrotising enterocolitis presenting as a rapidly expanding abdominal mass in a preterm neonate
  1. Caroline Laura Charlesworth1,2,
  2. Fauzia Paize1,
  3. Kate Amy Kewley1,2
  1. 1 Neonatal Unit, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2 School of Paediatrics, Health Education England Northwest, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Caroline Laura Charlesworth, School of Paediatrics, Health Education England Northwest, UK.; c.charlesworth{at}

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A baby born weighing 760 g at 24 weeks’ gestation required ventilation and quadruple inotropic support initially. At 4 weeks old he remained ventilated but stable and was on a second course of antibiotics for conservative management of necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) due to bilious aspirates, a raised C reactive protein and featureless abdominal film. At …

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