Elective red cell transfusions for anemia of prematurity and development of necrotizing enterocolitis in previously well preterm neonates: Incidence and difficulties in proving a cause-effect relation

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    Objectives: Study the incidence of the unexpected development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) following an elective packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusion for anemia of prematurity (AOP) in previously stable, growing preterm neonates.Methods: Retrospective analysis (Jan 2001–July 2006) of data on all admissions to our tertiary neonatal unit who received a PBRC transfusion and/or had definite (Stage ⩾ II) NEC.Results: 7935 neonates were admitted over the study period including 4833 (61%) with gestation
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)181-186
    JournalJournal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
    Volume2
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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