The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 60, Issue 4, pp 559–563 | Cite as

Evaluation of sepsis screen for diagnosis of neonatal septicemia

  • Anita Sharma
  • C. V. Krishna Kutty
  • Uma Sabharwal
  • Sushila Rathee
  • Harash Mohan
Original Articles


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 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anita Sharma
    • 1
  • C. V. Krishna Kutty
    • 1
  • Uma Sabharwal
    • 1
  • Sushila Rathee
    • 1
  • Harash Mohan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Clinical HematologyMedical CollegeRohtak

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