This study was undertaken to assess the incidence of culture-proved sepsis in term infants without symptoms born to mothers receiving intrapartum antibiotics and to determine the usefulness of the immature neutrophil: total neutrophil (I:T) ratio in the initial evaluation of these infants. A retrospective chart review was made of 103 infants born during a 3-year period. There was one positive blood culture and two positive cerebrospinal fluid cultures in three different patients; all three isolates were considered contaminants and all patients remained without symptoms. In spite of the lack of culture-proved sepsis and clinical illness, more than 50% of the initial I:T ratios were greater than the usually accepted upper limit of normal (that is, 0.16). We conclude that the incidence of sepsis in this population is very low and the initial I:T ratio is not useful as a predictive tool in term newborns without symptoms.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association|
|State||Published - Nov 1 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Obstetrics and Gynecology