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April 1980

Fulminant Neonatal Meningococcemia

Author Affiliations

From the Joseph S. Barr Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Drs Todres and Shannon), the Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit (Dr Keim), and the Department of Anesthesia (Dr Todres), Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Departments of Pediatrics (Drs Clegg, Todres, Moylan, Keim, and Shannon) and Anesthesia (Dr Todres), Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(4):354-355. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.04490010012004

Neisseria meningitidis is a rare cause of infection in infants younger than 2 months of age, presumably because of transplacental passage of protective maternal antibodies. In most reported cases of meningococcal disease in neonates, a relatively mild clinical course has been observed. A 25-day-old infant survived acute, severe meningococcemia due to group B N meningitidis. This organism should be considered when neonates have signs of septicemia, especially in the presence of cutaneous petechiae and purpura.

(Am J Dis Child 134:354-355, 1980)

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