Table 1

Clinical characteristics

With abscess (n = 10)Without abscess (n = 36)
Values are presented as mean (SD) or n (%), except for Apgar scores and duration of UVC and UAC which are expressed as median (range).
*p<0.017; **p<0.004 compared with infants without abscesses.
UVC, Umbilical venous catheter; UAC, umbilical arterial catheter; TPN, total parenteral nutrition; PDA, patent ductus arteriosus.
Birth weight (g)1490 (782)1134 (614)
Gestational age (weeks)31 (4)*26 (6)
1 min Apgar7 (0–9)5 (1–9)
5 min Apgar9 (4–10)8 (5–10)
Age at sepsis (weeks)10 (4)12 (10)
Presence of UVC3 (30%)28 (78%)
Duration of UVC (days)0 (0–3)**4 (0–8)
Presence of UAC7 (70%)30 (83%)
Duration of UAC (days)3 (2.5)4 (2.3)
Mechanical ventilation7 (70%)34 (90%)
Days of ventilation4 (3)10 (10)
TPN9 (90%)36 (100%)
Duration of TPN (days)8 (2.3)9 (8)
Received blood transfusions6 (60%)28 (78%)
Presence of PDA7 (70%)25 (96%)
Appropriate therapy according to antibiogram10 (100%)35 (97%)