The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 60, Issue 4, pp 559–563

Evaluation of sepsis screen for diagnosis of neonatal septicemia

Authors

  • Anita Sharma
    • Department of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Clinical HematologyMedical College
  • C. V. Krishna Kutty
    • Department of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Clinical HematologyMedical College
  • Uma Sabharwal
    • Department of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Clinical HematologyMedical College
  • Sushila Rathee
    • Department of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Clinical HematologyMedical College
  • Harash Mohan
    • Department of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Clinical HematologyMedical College
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF02751434

Cite this article as:
Sharma, A., Kutty, C.V.K., Sabharwal, U. et al. Indian J Pediatr (1993) 60: 559. doi:10.1007/BF02751434

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

Copyright information

© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1993