The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp 169–174

Clinico-bacteriological study of neonatal septicemia in Hubli


  • Shashikala S. Tallur
    • Department of MicrobiologyKarnatak Institute of Medical Sciences
  • A. V. Kasturi
    • Department of PediatricsKarnatak Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Shobha D. Nadgir
    • Department of MicrobiologyKarnatak Institute of Medical Sciences
  • B. V. S. Krishna
    • Department of MicrobiologySt. John’s Medical College
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02723654

Cite this article as:
Tallur, S.S., Kasturi, A.V., Nadgir, S.D. et al. Indian J Pediatr (2000) 67: 169. doi:10.1007/BF02723654


Septicemia is a leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in India. In a study of 242 infants with septicemia conducted between March 1996 & June 1997 at Hubli, Karnataka, 43.39% infants had ‘very early onset’ sepsis (VOS), 40.08%, had ‘early onset’ sepsis (EOS), and 16.53% ‘late onset’ sepsis (LOS). 54.55% neonates had birth weight below 2000g and 39.67% were born before 37 weeks of gestation. The cardiorespiratory signs and jaundice were the most frequent clinical features. The blood culture positivity rate was 64.87%.Klebsiella species was the commonest causative pathogen found and multidrug resistance was frequent. The overall mortality rate was 47.52% and the case fatality rate in LOS was higher than in VOS and EOS (p < 0.001). The mortality was significantly higher in neonates with lower birth weight and lower gestational age (p < 0.001). The study underlines the importance of monitoring the various features of neonatal septicemia, as well as the drug resistance of the pathogens from the nurseries.

Key words

Neonatal septicemiaClinicalBacteriological features

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