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Peripheral white cell count can't identify infants who don't have bacterial meningitis

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7395.0/g (Published 26 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:g

Question How useful is the white blood cell count for screening sick, febrile infants for bacterial meningitis?

Synopsis This retrospective cohort study evaluated the role of the peripheral white blood cell count in ruling out bacterial meningitis in 5353 infants between the ages of 3 days and 89 days. At the institution where the research was conducted, all infants presenting to the emergency department …

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