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Biomarker for Devastating Intestinal Disease, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Found in Early Preterm Infants, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Study


4/16/2013 7:32:29 AM

Researchers have discovered a biomarker that may help prevent a devastating intestinal disease that occurs in one of every 10 early preterm infants. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study may help prevent necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a condition primarily seen in preemies in which bowel tissue dies. The death rate approaches 30 percent. Survivors are at risk for short-bowel syndrome (caused by surgical removal of the small intestine) and neurodevelopmental disability.

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