Jan 1, 1980

A prospective study on septicemia. II. Clinical manifestations and complications, results of antimicrobial treatment and report of a follow-up study

Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases
M Svanbom


In a prospective study at a hospital for infectious diseases 151 patients, 110 with proved and 41 with probable septicemia, were analysed. Clinical, laboratory, therapeutic data and prognostic experiences, partly from a follow-up study, are described. Secondary manifestations, mostly from skin, mucous membranes, nervous system and lungs, were present in 72%. They were more often caused by gram-positive cocci than by gram-negative baccilli and in some cases not revealed until autopsy. Lesions in the nervous system were most often caused by strepto- or penumococci or Haemophilus influenzae. In 2 splenectomized patients with extensive hemorrhages, pneumococci were isolated. Subacute courses were rare even in alpha-streptococcal infection and its "classical signs" were never observed. Shock and thrombocytopenia suggesting disseminated intravascular coagulation occurred together in 11%, and in one-third in the lethal cases. Gram-positive bacteria were often involved. Leukocytosis was absent in 53 patients; 20 were alcohol or narcotic drug abusers, and 7 died. ECG changes were registered in 33%. Initial antibiotic treatment was applied according to a fixed schedule, with cure in 61% on this first treatment, and especially so in infec...Continue Reading

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Gram-Positive Bacteria
Neutrophil Band Cells
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
Haemophilus influenzae
Meningitis, Haemophilus
Bacteriocidal Agents

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