Necrotizing Enterocolitis Diagnosis
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How to Diagnose Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Your doctor will ask about your baby's symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. A gastroenterologist may work with your pediatrician to diagnose NEC.
Tests may include the following:
- Lab tests-complete blood count, electrolytes, and blood culture may be performed.
- Ultrasound of the abdomen-air in the large veins of the liver may show up better through ultrasound than on plain x-rays.
- X-ray of the abdomen-doctors will be looking for bubbles in the intestine or signs of air in the large veins of the liver. Air may also be outside of the intestine in the abdomen.
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