What is neonatal sepsis categorized?

Updated: Jun 13, 2019
  • Author: Nathan S Gollehon, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Muhammad Aslam, MD  more...
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Neonatal sepsis may be categorized as early onset (day of life 0-3) or late onset (day of life 4 or later). Of newborns with early-onset sepsis, 85% present within 24 hours (median age of onset 6 hours), 5% present at 24-48 hours, and a smaller percentage present within 48-72 hours. Onset is most rapid in premature neonates.


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