Necrotizing enterocolitis following intrauterine blood transfusion

J Pediatr Surg. 1991 Dec;26(12):1411-2. doi: 10.1016/0022-3468(91)91050-9.


Intravascular intrauterine transfusion allows a more sophisticated and exact approach to the management of severe Rh hemolytic disease. This technique involves direct manipulation of the fetal umbilical vessels; its hazards include umbilical cord trauma and thrombosis or emboli. The consequences of such events in utero are largely unknown. In this case necrotizing enterocolitis occurred in a full-term infant after three intrauterine intravascular transfusions.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Blood Transfusion, Intrauterine / adverse effects*
  • Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous / etiology*
  • Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Umbilical Cord / injuries