BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-219675
  • Findings that shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease or an adverse effect

Necrotising enterocolitis after supraventricular tachycardia: an unusual precursor to a common problem

  1. Kate Hodgson2
  1. 1Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
  2. 2Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kate Hodgson, katehodg{at}
  • Accepted 20 June 2017
  • Published 16 July 2017


Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is the most common neonatal arrhythmia. Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) is a disease with multifactorial aetiology, most common in preterm infants. There are three previous case reports in the literature of NEC following neonatal SVT. We present two cases of late preterm infants with NEC, characterised by pneumatosis on abdominal X-ray and ultrasound, following recurrent SVT without haemodynamic instability. The infants were successfully treated with antibiotic therapy and bowel rest.


  • Contributors JS and KAH drafted and revised the report. AM provided guidance and edited the report.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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