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Occurrence of bacteremia in febrile children seen in a hospital outpatient department and private practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6333075     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Blood cultures were obtained during a one-year period from 147 febrile children seen in the hospital outpatient clinic (group 1), and 42 seen in a private practice office (group 2). Although the two clinics were located in the same geographic area, they served different socioeconomic groups. Bacteremia was detected in 12 (8.2%) of the children in group 1; the organisms recovered were Streptococcus pneumoniae in nine and Haemophilus influenzae in three. Bacteremia was observed in two (4.8%) of the children seen in group 2, and both cases were due to S pneumoniae. The difference in prevalence rates for bacteremia between groups was not significant by chi-square testing (P = .46). The age of all the 13 patients with bacteremia was less than 24 months, their temperature was above 104 F (40 C), their polymorphonuclear leukocyte count was above 15,000/cu mm, and a localized site of infection was present in ten of them. These data suggest that the presence of bacteremia in febrile children depends more on the patients' clinical and laboratory findings than on the medical facility in which they are seen.
I Brook; L D Gruenwald
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  77     ISSN:  0038-4348     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1984 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-11-21     Completed Date:  1984-11-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1240-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
District of Columbia
Fever / diagnosis*
Haemophilus Infections / epidemiology
Haemophilus influenzae / isolation & purification
Infant, Newborn
Leukocyte Count
Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
Sepsis / epidemiology*,  etiology
Socioeconomic Factors
Streptococcal Infections / epidemiology
Streptococcus pneumoniae / isolation & purification

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