The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 68, Issue 8, pp 715–717

Neonatal Sepsis:Staphylococcus aureus as the predominant pathogen

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02752407

Cite this article as:
Karthikeyan, G. & Premkumar, K. Indian J Pediatr (2001) 68: 715. doi:10.1007/BF02752407


96 consecutive inborn neonates with blood culture proven bacterial sepsis during the period January to June 1997 were studied. Lethargy with refusal of feeds (28%), fever (28%) and respiratory distress (31.3%) were the major presenting features. Half of them (n=48) were of early onset (<48 hours) and the remaining half were of late onset (> 48 hours). Staphylococcus aureus (n=59, 61.5%) was the predominant pathogen and 66% of them were methicillin resistant followed by Klebsiella pnemoniae (n=24, 21.9), Escherichia coli (n=13, 13.5%) and streptococci (n=3, 3.1%). Antibiotic resistance was common, with the sensitivity to various antibiotics being ampicillin 19%, gentamicin 21.6%, cefotaxime 32.8%, amikacin 50%, chloromycetin 59.6% and ciprofloxacin 90.3%.

Key words

Neonatal sepsisStaphylococcus aureusAntimicrobial resistance

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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PaediatricsGovernment Kasturiba Gandhi Hospital for Women and ChildrenChennaiIndia
  2. 2.ScunthorpeUK