Early diagnosis of septicemia in the newborn

Clinical studies and sepsis score

Abstract

Clinical and hematological findings of 83 newborn infants with septicemia were studied retrospectively. Symptoms before, at the beginning and at the peak of septicemia were studied and a score system was created on the basis of clinical and hematological symptoms. In prospective studies, 39 neonates with sepsis, 183 neonates as control group, 42 with amniotic infection, 28 with postasphyxia syndrome and 28 premature babies with cerebral hemorrhage were investigated.

The new sepsis score is helpful for early detection of septicemia and differential diagnosis in newborn infants.

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Töllner, U. Early diagnosis of septicemia in the newborn. Eur J Pediatr 138, 331–337 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00442511

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Key words

  • Neonatal septicemia
  • Hematological findings
  • Clinical symptoms
  • Sepsis score
  • Diagnosis, differential diagnosis