Neonatal Sepsis - Sepsis in Newborns

Neonatal sepsis is a major cause of hospitalization and infant death and can result from meningitis, pneumonia, gastroenteritis, or other serious infections. Early detection and treatment can reduce morbidity and mortality, but nonspecific symptoms cause difficulty in differentiating bacterial and viral infections. Although there are no definitive confirmatory diagnostic tests for sepsis, laboratory tests including blood cultures, C-reactive protein (CRP), and procalcitonin (PCT) can contribute to the investigation of sepsis and help in determining when to discontinue treatment. 

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August 2019

Last Update: August 2019