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August 1982

Campylobacter jejuni in Newborns: A Cause of Asymptomatic Bloody Diarrhea

Author Affiliations

University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(8):744. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970440088027

Recent investigations show that Campylobacter jejuni is a common cause of gastroenteritis in both adults and children.1-3 Although a number of cases have been reported in newborns,4-7 little detailed information has been published regarding the clinical features. We report two cases of Campylobacter enteritis that occurred in our newborn nursery.

Report of Cases.—Case 1.—A full-term girl weighing 2,955 g was born by spontaneous vaginal delivery. The mother was 22 years old, gravida 3, para 3, and had had no complications during pregnancy except for prolonged rupture of the membranes for 24 hours before delivery. The Apgar scores were 9 at one minute and 9 at five minutes, and there were no abnormal signs on physical examination. The girl was well until she was 52 hours old when blood was noted in the stool. She had a normal temperature, was feeding well on formula, and had no