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Neonatal Bacteriuria: A Prospective Study in 1,460 Infants

Br Med J 1972; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5795.267 (Published 29 January 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;1:267
  1. G. D. Abbott

    Abstract

    In a prospective study of 1,460 virtually consecutive neonates 14 (1%) were found to have bacteriuria, established by bladder puncture. Eleven were boys and three girls. Five of the infants with bacteriuria had symptoms suggestive of infection and were treated with antibiotics. The remaining nine were asymptomatic and remained so during a period of observation—five cleared their urine of bacteria without treatment, and four received antibiotics. Only one infant with bacteriuria had bacteraemia. Six infants had more than 10 white blood cells per mm3 in the bladder puncture urine and three had proteinuria. The blood urea was slightly raised in only two of the infants. The intravenous pyelogram was normal in all infants with bacteriuria but eight had slight or moderate vesicoureteric reflux when examined by micturating cystourethrography.