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J Pediatr. 2014 May;164(5):1231-1233.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.12.027. Epub 2014 Jan 28.

Should infants presenting with an apparent life-threatening event undergo evaluation for serious bacterial infections and respiratory pathogens?

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, LAC+USC Medical Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, LAC+USC Medical Center, University of Southern California.
  • 2Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 3Medical School, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
  • 4Department of Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, LAC+USC Medical Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Abstract

We sought to identify which patients with an apparent life-threatening event require infectious evaluation through an analysis of infants aged ≤12 months brought to an emergency department with an apparent life-threatening event. Among the 533 children evaluated, there were no cases of meningitis, 1 case of bacteremia, 17 cases of urinary tract infection, 22 cases of bacterial pneumonia, 22 cases of respiratory syncytial virus, and 2 cases of influenza virus identified in respiratory specimens.

Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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24484770
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