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Monatsschr Kinderheilkd. 1975 Aug;123(8):593-7.

[Hypophosphataemia as early sign of septicaemia in childhood (author's transl)].

[Article in German]


The early diagnosis of septicaemia in children is difficult because the clinical and laboratory findings can be inconclusive. Results of blood cultures are usually available after two days only. Especially in the neonate, delayed or uncritical use of wide spectrum antibiotics can have negative consequences. We tested whether inorganic serum phosphate determinations could be helpful for diagnosing septicaemia in children. As in adults hypophosphataemia is a frequently occurring symptom in children with septicaemia. Hypophosphataemic values below 4.3 mg/100 ml in the neonate and below 3.2 mg/100 ml in an older child support the diagnosis of septicaemia. The possiblity of quick evaluation has some diagnostic importance.

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