European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 150, Issue 11, pp 782–783 | Cite as

Fatal ureaplasmal pneumonia and sepsis in a newborn infant

  • F. Brus
  • W. M. van Waarde
  • C. Schoots
  • S. Bambang Oetomo
Infectious Diseases


Ureaplasma urealyticum was isolated in pure culture from blood tracheal aspirate and lung tissue in a newborn infant, who died of a severe pneumonia within 48h after birth. The clinical course was characterized by persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Post-mortem examination revealed extensive hyaline membrane formation combined with signs of inflammation in both lungs. The clinical and histopathological picture resembled that of early onset group B haemolytic streptococcal pneumonia/sepsis.

Key words

Ureaplasma urealyticum Neonatal pneumonia/sepsis Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborr Hyaline membranes 



group BStreptococci


persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Brus
    • 1
  • W. M. van Waarde
    • 1
  • C. Schoots
    • 2
  • S. Bambang Oetomo
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Paediatrics, Division of NeonatologyUniversity Hospital GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PathologyUniversity Hospital GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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