Response to Swanson et al

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From: Journal of Perinatology(Vol. 29, Issue 3)
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Document Type: Report
Length: 440 words
Lexile Measure: 1510L

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We appreciate the comments of Swanson et al. regarding our findings. They raise the challenging question as to whether premature infants at risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) with a focal area of perforation have a disease entity that is distinct from NEC. This has long been a subject of debate among physicians caring for such patients. We acknowledge the extensive work by Swanson and colleagues contending that spontaneous intestinal perforation (SIP) is a unique disease entity. Our study was not designed to address this issue.

Whether or not one views SIP as a unique entity or part of a spectrum of presentation of NEC, the clinical reality is that it...

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