Table 1 Clinical and laboratory characteristics of the two groups
SBI (n = 82)Minor infection (n = 265)p Value
Age (days)50.91 (26.6)46.26 (23.1)0.16
Sex (Female/Male)24/58127/1380.38
Prematurity12.2%10%0.62
Neonatal admission12.2%9.8%0.73
Hours of fever18.62 (35.8)13.81 (26)0.26
Rectal temperature38.23 (0.82)38.28 (0.64)0.58
Good general state79%83%0.60
Leucocyte count (/μl)14 635 (7596)10 084 (4689)<0.001
Neutrophil count (/μl)7738 (5823)4341 (6714)<0.001
CRP (mg/l)59.3 (55.9)14.7 (18.8)<0.001
PCT-Q (⩾0.5 ng/ml)63%13%<0.001
  • Values are mean (SD).

  • CRP, C reactive protein; PCT-Q, semiquantitative procalcitonin; SBI, serious bacterial infection.