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Title: Which infants need lumbar puncture for suspected sepsis?
Author: Wilhelm, Sarah; Kelsberg, Gary; Safranek, Sarah
Keywords: risk category
empiric antibiotics
bacterial infection
meningitis
Date: 2003-10
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 52(10) 2003: 806-808.
Abstract: Evidence from prospective and retrospective clinical trials suggests that for infants <2 months old, only those at high risk for serious bacterial infection by standardized criteria (eg, Rochester classification) require lumbar puncture (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, based on prospective and retrospective cohort studies). However, expert opinion suggests lumbar puncture on all infants aged 0 to 28 days with suspected sepsis, and all infants aged >2 months who are to receive empiric antibiotics (SOR: C, based on expert opinion).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/2987

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