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Clin Perinatol. 1994 Jun;21(2):235-46.

Inflammatory mediators and intestinal injury.

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Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Medical School, Evanston Hospital, Illinois.


Although the causes of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) are not well understood, there is compelling evidence to suggest that the inflammatory mediators play an important role in the pathophysiology of the disease. This article examines the role of platelet-activating factor (PAF) and other mediators on the development of NEC, and attempts to explain the association of the putative NEC risk factors with altered mediator production and subsequent intestinal injury. The authors hypothesize that PAF is a key mediator in the final common pathway leading to NEC.

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