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Staphylococcus aureus Sepsis in Childhood Malignancy

James S. Miser, MD; Angela W. Miser, MB, BS
Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(9):831-833. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130210015005.
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• Forty-five episodes of Staphylococcus aureus septicemia occurred in 44 children with malignant neoplasms over a seven-year period. The most frequent findings at diagnosis were fever, neutropenia, and an active malignant process. Twenty-six (58%) of 45 episodes had a primary focus of infection. Multiple-organism sepsis occurred four times; three episodes were fatal. Only one patient with single-organism S aureus sepsis died (a mortality of 2%). Direct infectious complications occurred in nine (20%) of 45 episodes. Endocarditis and osteomyelitis were not seen as complications of S aureus sepsis.

(Am J Dis Child 134:831-833, 1980)


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