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Late-onset group B streptococcus infections and severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia in an extremely preterm born infant


This case report is about a boy born extremely preterm at gestational age of 24 weeks, with extremely low birth weight, developing severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia and in need of mechanical ventilation for 155 days. He also had five recurrent infections with group B streptococcus (GBS) within 4 months from birth, and his respiratory condition clearly deteriorated with every GBS infection. It was difficult to wean him from mechanical ventilation. Finally he was extubated when he was 7 months old and kept out of mechanical ventilation after receiving high-dose methylprednisolone, given according to international recommendations. After GBS was cultured for the fifth time, he received oral rifampicin along with intravenous penicillin and after this treatment, GBS did not occur again. At the age of 22 months, the boy no longer needed any respiratory support and he was about 6 months late in his neurological development.

  • neonatal intensive care
  • neonatal health
  • mechanical ventilation

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