Bowel diseases among pre-term infants

Chennai: Attention needs to be paid to treating inflammatory bowel disease among pre-term infants, which results in a significant mortality rate and can also impair long-term development, Sanjay Patole, clinical neonatologist, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth, Australia, has said.

Delivering the XXV Dr M S Ramakrishnan Memorial Endowment Oration on ‘Necrotising Enterocolitis’ at Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital here yesterday, he said the gastrointestinal emergency needed to be taken care of immediately, given the progress of the country and growing population.

“Inflammatory bowel disease affecting preterm newborns can cause a significant mortality rate of around 20 per cent to 25 per cent and can also lead to a long-term impact on neurological development,” Patole said.

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