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Clin Infect Dis. 1998 Sep;27(3):559-65.

Comparative study of mortality and morbidity in premature infants (birth weight, < 1,250 g) with candidemia or candidal meningitis.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta Hospital, Canada.


Little information is available on long-term neurodevelopment of premature neonates with invasive candidal infections. We retrospectively studied the outcomes for 25 premature neonates (birth weight, < 1,250 g) with candidemia or candidal meningitis (cases) and compared them with 25 neonates matched for birth weight (+/- 100 g) and gestational age (+/- 1 week) (controls). Durations of antibiotic therapy, artificial ventilation, invasive catheterizations, and hyperalimentation were longer for cases than for controls. Cases had a higher final grade of intraventricular hemorrhage than did controls (median: 3.0 vs. 2.5, respectively; P < .05). Forty-four percent (11 of 25) of cases and 16% (4 of 25) of controls died (P > .05), and 29% (4 of 14) of surviving cases and 14% (3 of 21) of controls were disabled (P > .05). More cases had combined mortality and neurodevelopmental disabilities than did controls (60% vs. 28%, respectively; P < .05). Use of invasive therapies should be minimized for premature neonates at risk for invasive candidal infection that is associated with adverse outcomes.

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