November 1975

Pneumococcal Bacteremia Associated With Gingival Lesions in Infants

Author Affiliations

From the departments of pediatrics (Drs Burech, Koranyi, and Haynes) and medical microbiology (Dr Haynes), College of Medicine, and the Department of Pedodontics (Dr Kramer), College of Dentistry, Ohio State University, Columbus (Ohio) Children's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(11):1283-1284. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120480013005

• Five infants with fever, leukocytosis, and a cystic lesion superimposed on a swollen gingiva had pneumococcal bacteremia. Lesions were so characteristic that a presumptive diagnosis of pneumococcal bacteremia was made in the last three patients before confirmation by blood cultures. Infants who initially have these symptoms should be considered at risk for pneumococcal bacteremia.

(Am J Dis Child 129:1283-1284, 1975)