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Phagocytic, Opsonic and Immunoglobulin Studies in Newborns

Authors
  • Michael E. Miller
  • E. Richard Stiehm
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1973
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Medicine
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Abstract

Despite improved diagnositc and therapeutic measures, neonatal septicemia continues to be a major clinical problem. Improvement in the management of the septic neonate should result from application of the increasing information being learned of the neonatal host defense mechanisms. The earlier concept that the neonate was “immunologically null” can now be discarded. Evidence summarized in this review has established that the neonate can marshal an immune response to most antigens and infectious agents.

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