Cervical acute lymphadenitis is rarely described in neonates. We present the case of a 12-day-old preterm, fed by nasogastric tube, who presented a tender erythematous submandibular swelling. Laboratory data showed neutrophilia and an elevation of C reactive protein and procalcitonin. Ultrasound ﬁndings suggested cellulitis and adenitis with abscess. The culture of the drainage material identified methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. With the administration of the right antibiotic treatment, a good clinical outcome was observed.
- neonatal intensive care
- nosocomial infections
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Contributors CP gathered the data, and drafted and edited the manuscript. NSA and JT made significant contributions to the content of the manuscript. AR was involved in the critical revision of the article and gave final approval of the version to be published.
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Competing interests None declared.
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