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January 1979

WBC Count and Differential: Value in Predicting Bacterial Diseases in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor.

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(1):25-27. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130010031003

• To assess published criteria for distinguishing between bacterial and nonbacterial infections by examination of the WBC count and differential, we reviewed 328 consecutive inpatient admissions to a pediatric communicable diseases service. In our experience, the WBC count and differential could not differentiate between bacterial and nonbacterial disease.

(Am J Dis Child 133:25-27, 1979)

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