There have been no major improvements in the prevention or treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) over the past several decades, and therefore a ‘magic bullet’ is urgently needed. However, new data demonstrate that disialyllacto-N-tetraose levels in breast milk can predict the risk of NEC, and these findings might provide a strategy for successful intervention.
Refers to Autran, C. A. et al. Human milk oligosaccharide compostion predicts risk of necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants. Guthttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/gutjnl-2016–312819 (2017)