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Comment & Response
July 2017

Proposed Definition of Necrotizing Enterocolitis May Be of Limited Value

Author Affiliations
  • 1Vermont Oxford Network, Burlington
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington
  • 3Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of Vermont, Burlington
JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(7):711. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0974

To the Editor Battersby et al1 report on the development and diagnostic performance of a new gestational age–specific case definition for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and claim to compare its diagnostic performance with that of the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) definition. Unfortunately, they did not use the complete VON definition, leading to incorrect estimates of its performance.

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