Value of superficial cultures in diagnosing neonatal sepsis

Shalini Shenoy, Georgy Antony, U. Venkataraman Shenoy

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This study was conducted to determine the value of superficial cultures in the diagnosis of neonatal sepsis in our hospital. Sixty three babies, younger than 2 weeks who were admitted with suspected sepsis were investigated. A total of 369 cultures were obtained from these babies - 252 (68.29%) superficial and 171 (31.70%) deep cultures. External ear canal swab, umbilical cord swab and throat swab culture accounted for the superficial cultures. Blood culture, cerebrospinal fluid culture and IV catheter culture accounted for deep cultures. Of the 369 cultures, 225 (60.97%) were positive for pathogens, which included Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella sp, Escherichia coli, Group B streptococcus and Enterococcus fecalis. The yield of pathogenic organisms was higher for superficial cultures (53.84%). All superficial cultures obtained during the study on each patient were simultaneously compared with the deep cultures by antimicrobial sensitivity method. The overall comparison showed that the practice of superficial cultures could be useful to predict the pathogenic organisms causing invasive disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-338
Number of pages2
JournalIndian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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