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Necrotizing Enterocolitis

What Is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Necrotizing enterocolitis (nek-roh-TIE-zing en-ter-oh-coh-LIE-tis), or NEC, is the most common and serious intestinal disease among premature babies. It happens when tissue in the small or large intestine is injured or inflamed. This can lead to death of intestinal tissue and, in some cases, a hole (perforation) in the intestinal wall.

In NEC, the intestine can no longer hold waste. So