Original Articles

The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 60, Issue 4, pp 559-563

Evaluation of sepsis screen for diagnosis of neonatal septicemia

  • Anita SharmaAffiliated withDepartment of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Clinical Hematology, Medical College
  • , C. V. Krishna KuttyAffiliated withDepartment of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Clinical Hematology, Medical College
  • , Uma SabharwalAffiliated withDepartment of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Clinical Hematology, Medical College
  • , Sushila RatheeAffiliated withDepartment of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Clinical Hematology, Medical College
  • , Harash MohanAffiliated withDepartment of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Clinical Hematology, Medical College

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Abstract

Fifty clinically suspected cases of neonatal septicemia were studied for evaluating the role of sepsis screen. Sensitivity and specificity of C-reactive protein test, micro-ESR, gastric aspirate cytology for polymorphs and toxic granules in neutrophils were studied singly and in combinations of two and three tests. Positive blood culture was obtained in only 20% cases, thereby underlying the need for a sepsis screen in the diagnosis of neonatal septicemia, especially in areas where adequate micro-biological facilities are lacking.

Key words

Neonatal septicemia Sepsis screen Early diagnosis