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March 1986

Campylobacter jejuni Diarrhea in a 3-Day-Old Male Neonate

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Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(3):191. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140170017013

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Sir.—In this communication, I describe a 3-day-old, full-term male neonate with stool culture–documented Campylobacter jejuni diarrhea.

Patient Report.—The patient was a 3,912-g, full-term male neonate whose blood was type A–positive/Coombs-negative, with Apgar scores of 8 and 9 at one and five minutes, respectively. The mother was a 23-year-old woman (gravida 4, para 3) with a history of one previous spontaneous abortion, a nonreactive serology, a positive rubella titer, and negative prenatal gonococcal and diabetic screening tests. The pregnancy was uneventful, with the mother receiving routine, regular prenatal care and denying alcohol use, cigarette smoking, and drug abuse or ingestion of other medications. For five days prior to delivery and four days after delivery, the mother complained of intermittent, mild "stomach cramping" coupled with intermittent loose, yellow, "slimy," nonbloody stools but was otherwise well. The patient's father, 4-year-old brother, and 2-year-old sister had intermittent, loose, blood-tinged stools for one

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