Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Necrotizing enterocolitis is (NEC) is a serious intestinal illness in babies that results in the death of intestinal tissues.

Premature babies or sick newborns are at the greatest risk for necrotizing enterocolitis.

  • 60 to 80 percent of cases occurs in premature babies.
  • NEC occurs in about 10 percent of babies weighing less than 3 pounds, 5 ounces.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches necrotizing enterocolitis

Children's Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation team actively participates in research focused on the treatment and understanding of gastrointestinal disorders. Children's doctors developed the serial transverse enteroplasty (STEP) procedure, a surgical technique developed for use in treating gastrointestinal disorders.