typhlitis

Advanced Practice - Neutropenic Enterocolitis

Neutropenic Enterocolitis aka typhlitis, necrotizing enterocolitis, ileocecal syndrome

Definition:

  • intestinal mucosal wall edema and disruption of wall integrity in a neutropenic patient¬†

Pathogenesis:

  • Weakened immune system --> intestinal overgrowth --> invasion of opportunistic bacteria.
  • May lead to sepsis and bowel perforation.
  • Mortality¬†¬†22%-50%.

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