Heat-stable enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli and necrotizing enterocolitis: Lack of an association

Robert W. Ryder, Alfred E. Buxton, I. Kaye Wachsmuth, Edward Mason, Fred F. Barrett

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Abstract

During an outbreak of diarrhea in a special care nursery caused by heat-stable enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (serotype 078:H11:K80), nine (4.3%) of the 205 infants in the nursery developed necrotizing enterocolitis. Cases of necrotizing enterocolitis were not significantly more common in infants colonized or infected with these organisms; heat-stable enterotoxigenic E. coli was isolated from 5(56%) of nine cases of necrotizing ecterocolitis and from 27(38%) of the 71 infants without necrotizing enterocolitis who were also cultured. Our findings suggest that caution should be taken in implicating enterotoxigenic E. coli as a cause of necrotizing enterocolitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-303
Number of pages2
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Volume91
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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