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Klebsiella pneumoniae: caught on film
  1. A Plunkett1,
  2. P De Marco2,
  3. P Vuillermin3,
  4. T Duke1
  1. 1
    Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2
    Department of Haematology, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3
    Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  1. Dr Adrian Plunkett, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia; adrianplunkett{at}doctors.org.uk

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Figure 1 shows a blood film from a neonate with severe sepsis. A phagocyte is shown having ingested several bacilli, reflecting significant bacteraemia. Blood cultures revealed a growth of Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Figure 1 Blood film showing bacilli within phagocyte.

The patient was born at term, by normal vaginal delivery following an uncomplicated pregnancy. He presented at 4 days of …

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