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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2000;43(6):1100-1105.
Published online January 1, 2001.
A Case of Neonatal Death due to Group B beta-Hemolytic Streptococcal Sepsis.
Jung Kweon Kang, Sam Hyun Cho, Seung Ryong Kim, Soo Hyun Cho, Kyung Tai Kim, Hyung Moon, Youn Yeung Hwang
Since 1970, the group B streptococcus(GBS) has been a significant cause of neonatal sepsis in the West. Two distinct forms of disease occur in neonates. Early-onset disease which occurs within 7 days after birth is characterized by respiratory distress, apnea, shock, pneumonia, and occasionally meningitis. Late onset disease usually occurs at 3-4 weeks of age(ranging from 7 days to 3 months) and presents occult bacteremia or meningitis. The GBS is thought to be a rare causative agent for neonatal sepsis in Korea. Lately, we experience a case of early-onset GBS sepsis who died at 3rd day of life. We present this case with brief review of literatures.
Key Words: Group B beta-hemolytic streptococcus, Neonatal Sepsis, B beta
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