Sepsis in Newborns - Neonatal Sepsis

Neonatal sepsis is a major cause of hospitalization and infant death and can be caused by meningitis, pneumonia, gastroenteritis, or other infections. Early-onset sepsis, within 72 hours of birth, is usually caused by maternal pathogens such as group B streptococcus. Early detection and treatment can reduce morbidity and mortality. Nonspecific symptoms make differentiating between bacterial and viral infections difficult. Markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin can help differentiate pathogens.

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Content Review: 
October 2017

Last Update: May 2018