Early diagnosis and treatment of neonatal sepsis are essential to prevent severe and life threatening complications. Consequently, rapid diagnostic tests capable to differentiate infected from non-infected newborns have the potential to make a significant impact on neonatal care. A new real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR; LightCycler SeptiFast test M GRADE) has been proposed in the routine assessment of neonatal sepsis for the detection and identification of bacterial and fungal DNA from microorganisms which cause approximately 90% of all blood stream infections. The LightCycler SeptiFast test can detect and identify simultaneously the 25 most important bacterial and fungal species causing bloodstream infections within few hours by using a small volume of a single whole blood sample. Real-time PCR can be easily incorporated into the hospital setting for term or near-term infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit for sepsis evaluation.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Chemotherapy|
|Volume||19 Suppl 2|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2007|
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