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Nosocomial cutaneous abscesses in septic infants
  1. D Mandel,
  2. Y Littner,
  3. F B Mimouni,
  4. S Dollberg
  1. Department of Neonatology, Lis Maternity Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, and the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Dollberg
    Department of Neonatology, Lis Maternity Hospital, Tel Aviv-Sourasky Medical Center, 6 Weizman Street, Tel Aviv, 64239, Israel;


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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