Title

Necrotizing staphylococcal pneumonia in a neonate.

Publication/Presentation Date

10-1-2005

Abstract

Hospitalized neonates are commonly colonized soon after birth with Staphylococcus aureus. The majority of neonates do not develop infectious sequelae; however, premature neonates appear to be more susceptible to serious infections, such as pneumonia. We report a case of an extremely low birth weight infant who developed necrotizing pneumonia due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcal aureus (MRSA). The MRSA isolate from this neonate is identical to the strains that have been causing primarily community-associated skin and soft tissue infections. The severe course of this patient may be attributed to the presence of the Panton-Valentine leukocidin gene, a well-known virulence factor leading to soft tissue and pulmonary infections.

Volume

25

Issue

10

First Page

677

Last Page

679

ISSN

0743-8346

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

16193079

Department(s)

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Document Type

Article

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