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Qualitative C-reactive Protein as a Marker of Neonatal Sepsis in a Tertiary Neonatal Unit in Sudan

Qualitative C-reactive Protein as a Marker of Neonatal Sepsis in a Tertiary Neonatal Unit in Sudan

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Title: Qualitative C-reactive Protein as a Marker of Neonatal Sepsis in a Tertiary Neonatal Unit in Sudan
Author: Kheir, Abdelmoneim E M.; Jobara,Ghada A.; Elhag,Kamal M.; Karar,Mohamed Z.
Abstract: Sepsis is one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in newborns. Diagnosis of neonatal sepsis may be difficult because clinical presentations are often non-specific. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of qualitative C-reactive protein in the diagnosis of neonatal sepsis, and examine the correlation between C-reactive protein, blood culture and risk factors for sepsis. This was aprospective study, conducted in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Soba University Hospital, Sudan. A total of seventy babies with a clinical diagnosis of sepsis were included. Chi square test was used to determine the association between C-reactive protein and risk factors for sepsis and also the association between C-reactive protein and blood culture. Blood culture was positive in 41.4% of babies, and C-reactive protein was positive in 58% of babies with positive blood culture. There was significant association between C-reactive protein results and blood culture (P=0.00). In conclusion, we can assume that C-reactive pro- tein is a reliable diagnostic marker of neonatal sepsis, especially in developing communities with poor resources.
Description: This Paper has been presented for Promotion at the university of Khartoum
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/7374
Date: 2013-05-07


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