Neonatal Infections —Clinical Manifestation and Diagnosis—

By: Masahiro HAYAKAWA

3 January 2016


The clinical characteristics of infections in neonates are different from those in children and adults. In particular, some neonates suffer from opportunistic infections and critical infections because neonates are physiologically immunocompromised. It is important that neonatologists make an early diagnosis and begin early treatment. However, early diagnosis is sometimes difficult because early-stage clinical symptoms are non-specific. Neonatologists should suspect neonatal infections when neonates have subtle symptoms. The diagnosis should be confirmed by laboratory data. Serial evaluation of C-reactive
protein is useful for diagnosis of neonatal infections.

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