Affects mainly premature babies and seriously ill neonates. It is the most common surgical emergency in newborns. NEC accounts for 15% of deaths in premature babies weighing less than 1500 grams. Overall death from those babies with NEC is 25%.
eMedicine- Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Article by Shelley C Springer, MD, on this disorder that mainly affects premature babies.
MedlinePlus
Diagnosis and treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis.
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