Can Virus Laboratory Help In The Management Of Infants Hospitalized For Suspected Sepsis? Academic Article uri icon


  • Young infants hospitalized with signs of sepsis are generally evaluated and treated for bacterial diseases, but only a few are culture positive. The possible impact of virus diagnosis in the routine treatment of such infants was not previously studied. We studied prospectively from July 1, 1982 to June 30, 1984 233 previously healthy infants< 3-months-old hospitalized for suspected sepsis in order to determine: 1) presence of bacterial and viral pathogens; 2) the ability of the virus laboratory to provide the appropriate diagnosis within 72 hrs from admission. Bacterial infections were found in 23 infants (bacteremia-5, bacteremia+ meningitis-4, UTI-4, Bacterial gastroenteritis-4, soft tissue/skeletal infect.-6). Virus was detected in 138/233 (65%) infants (positive culture-132, IFA-34, CIE-3). The most commonly detected viruses during the summer were enteroviruses (EV)-63% of infants …

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  • January 1, 1985