Which lab studies are indicated in early-onset neonatal sepsis in chorioamnionitis?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Fayez M Bany-Mohammed, MD; Chief Editor: Ted Rosenkrantz, MD  more...
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The criterion standard for diagnosing early-onset bacteremia, pneumonia, or meningitis in neonates is the growth of bacteria in an appropriate specimen (ie, blood, tracheal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid). Screening tests for neonatal sepsis include WBC profiles and CRP determinations.

Other tests that may be used to diagnose early-onset neonatal sepsis include the following:

  • Serum IL-6 or other cytokine levels

  • Procalcitonin levels [9, 10]

  • Serum amyloid A measurements [10]

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