Diagnostic Imaging of Neonatal Pneumonia

  • D. Manson
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Respiratory infections remain a significant and formidable threat to the health and well-being of the neonate, despite potent antibiotics, increasingly sophisticated laboratory detection methods, and technologically advanced neonatal intensive care nurseries. Incidence rates for neonatal pneumonia range between 1.5 and 5.0 per 1,000 live births (Keyserling 1997; Webber et al. 1990). Analysis of mortality rates from pneumonia alone as distinct from mortality from neonatal sepsis is more difficult to analyse. Neonatal sepsis mortality rates of up to 50% are still quoted (Speck et al. 1979), but the mortality rates quoted for neonatal pneumonia alone vary between 5% and 20% (Whitsett et al. 1999). A recent publication by the Centers for Disease Control reviewing 1998 annual statistics quotes an overall mortality rate from neonatal pneumonia of 12.6 per 1,000 live births. Approximately 50% of the deaths this figure is based upon were in neonates of greater than 2,500 g at birth (Document # LFWK 1998).


Respiratory Syncytial Virus Chlamydia Trachomatis Neonatal Sepsis Aetiologieal Agent Ureaplasma Urealyticum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Manson
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  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic ImagingThe Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Paediatric Radiology, Department of Medical ImagingUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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