The Persistent Loop Sign in Neonatal Necrotizing Enterocolitis: A New Indication for Surgical Intervention?

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A new radiographic sign in neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis is described. Five patients with necrotizing enterocolitis exhibited an unchanging dilated loop of small bowel, which was followed by perforation in 3 infants; the other 2 had surgical and/or autopsy corroboration of profound bowel-wall necrosis. It is suggested that infants with a “persistent loop” be considered candidates for laparotomy.

Article History

Accepted: Aug 1977
Published in print: Jan 1978