Objective: To retrospectively study the epidemiology of nosocomial cutaneous abscesses in 46 consecutive septic infants.
Results: Ten infants had one abscess or more. Surviving infants with abscesses had a longer duration of bacteraemia, which disappeared within 24 hours of drainage.
Conclusion: Infants with persistent bacteraemia should be examined regularly for the presence of abscesses.
- cutaneous abscess
- preterm infants
- term infants
- persistent bacteraemia
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