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Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2010 Nov;282(5):591-2. doi: 10.1007/s00404-010-1489-y. Epub 2010 Apr 29.

A rare case of sepsis in newborn: Streptococcus pneumoniae septicemia.



Streptococcus pneumoniae is a rare cause of sepsis in the newborn.


The term baby was admitted on complaint of dyspnea, and antibiotherapy was begun after samples for hemocultures were obtained with the suspicion of sepsis according to the clinical and laboratory data. S. pneumoniae was demonstrated in the vaginal culture of the mother of the patient whose lumbar punction and chest roentgenogram were normal but hemoculture revealed the propagation of S. pneumoniae. The patient, treated with antibiotherapy for 14 days, was discharged without any complications.


In preventing the probable complications, it is important to absolutely treat the maternal pneumococcal colonization that can cause severe infections in the newborn and also to treat the newborns even if they are asymptomatic.

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