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Gastroenteritis with Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Premature Babies

Br Med J 1972; 2 doi: (Published 10 June 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:616
  1. Harry Stein,
  2. John Beck,
  3. Albert Solomon,
  4. Arthur Schmaman


    Eleven premature babies developed necrotizing enterocolitis in an epidemic of gastroenteritis and salmonella infection. This occurred in one of two premature baby wards over a period of 10 weeks. All affected babies had severe gastroenteritis and six had salmonella infection. No cases of necrotizing enterocolitis occurred in the unaffected ward during the same period. All other possible factors which might have predisposed to necrotizing enterocolitis occurred with equal frequency in both wards.

    There seems little doubt that infection was the significant factor in the pathogenesis.