Pleural empyema due to group A beta-hemolytic streptococci in a newborn: Case report Bir yenidoǧanda A grubu beta-hemolitik streptokok ilişkili plevral ampiyem: Olgu sunumu

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Erol S., Dilli D., Aydın B., Dinlen N., Zenciroǧlu A., Okumuş N.

Tuberkuloz ve Toraks, vol.61, no.2, pp.152-154, 2013 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 61 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.5578/tt.5156
  • Journal Name: Tuberkuloz ve Toraks
  • Page Numbers: pp.152-154
  • Keywords: Streptococcus pyogenes, newborn, pleural empyema
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


Pleural empyema is a rare and serious complication of pneumonia. Although it is frequently seen in children, there are only a few reports about pleural empyema in newborn infants. Here we report a case of early onset neonatal pneumonia complicated with pleural empyema. The causal microorganism was group A beta-hemolytic streptococci (GAS or Streptococcus pyogenes) presumably originating from the mother, who had a puerperal infection. The mother had fever, pelvic pain, and abnormal vaginal discharge two days after delivery and subsequent increase in the antistreptolysin O titer, suggesting streptococcus infection. The patient was successfully treated by pleural drainage in addition to synergistic antimicrobial therapy.