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Influence on microbiome and necrotising enterocolitis - What is new?

Speakers: T. Meij

Presented at Early Nutrition Influence – Preventive and Therapeutic Aspects –...


Citing his experience as a pediatric entomologist, Tim Meij explains that Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is the inflammation and ischemia of the intestinal mucosa, affecting around 10 per cent of neonates with a birthweight below 1.5 kilos.  There is a mortality rate of 15-30 percent and those that do survive often face life-long complications including developmental delay.  He explains the challenges of diagnosis, as symptoms often present like those of sepsis.  He notes a need for novel preclinical biomarkers and discusses the possibility of the microbiota as a potential diagnostic tool.  He details some recent research in this area and says that machine learning may result in a personalized approach to risk stratification for NEC.