Neonatal bacterial and fungal infections

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Neonatal infection is the invasion of tissue by an infective organism. This may be considered early-onset when occurring during the first 72 hours of life (very early-onset if starting during the first 12 hours), and late-onset when occurring after the first 72 hours. Infections represent a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), where reported incidences range from 6% to 33% [1], and up to 40% in neonates born before 28 weeks’ gestational age or with birth weight <1000 g (extremely low birth weight, ELBW) [2]. Septicemia accounts for 45–55% of all infections, followed by lower respiratory tract infections (16– 30%) and urinary tract infections (UTIs, 8–18%) [1, 3].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeonatology: A Practical Approach to Neonatal Diseases
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Milan
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9788847014053, 9788847014046
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Stronati, M., & Borghesi, A. (2012). Neonatal bacterial and fungal infections. In Neonatology: A Practical Approach to Neonatal Diseases (pp. 905-930). Springer-Verlag Milan.