Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC): Research Goals

The goals of NICHD research on necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) include:

  • Developing a better understanding of the causes of the disease.
  • Finding ways to identify newborns at risk for developing NEC.
  • Finding ways to prevent the development of NEC.
  • Developing better treatments for the disease; for example, by comparing outcomes of various surgical techniques.
  • Understanding the long-term effects of NEC in infants who survive the disease.
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