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Streptococcus anginosus infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Hypertension and Heart Disease
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User :   hi there
i am just back from hospital recieving my baby's Post mortem results and cause of death is streptococcus anginosus, can you help with why this would happen, my baby was 41weeks 3 days and lived for 80minutes
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   sure i will guide you
User :   just dont understand what causes the infection
Doctor :   Strep Anginosus ganisms are part of the normal flora of human mucocutaneous surfaces, including the mouth, intestinal tract, vagina, urethra, and skin. They are isolated with high frequency from all specimen sources
Doctor :   in infants since the immunity is low they are prone to getting infection
User :   yeh i know this, but what would cause this to be the cause of death in a baby
Doctor :   infections can occur in all body sites, including the CNS, head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, skin, bone, joint, and soft tissues. Inadequate therapy against these anaerobic bacteria may lead to clinical failures. Because of their fastidiousness, peptostreptococci are difficult to isolate and are often overlooked.
User :   they swabbed me on the day and there was no sign of infection in me?
Doctor :   its deadly in immuno compromised population, like infants and older generation
User :   also it says that this then lead to pheomonia? and then he bacame to weak? does this make sense
User :   how could he have got this infection though
Doctor :   there are a few causes that can cause
Doctor :   few of them are
Doctor :   Immunodeficiency
Doctor :   Presence of a foreign body
Doctor :   Reduced blood supply
Doctor :   its a rare cause
User :   would this have been at all detectable in me, as my swabs/bloods etc all came back clear
User :   is there anything that i done to cause this infection in him
Doctor :   the rapid rate the bacteria spreads is so fast that usually its goes undetected
Doctor :   no i am really sorry for your loss but there is nothing that could have been done
User :   thank you for your time
Doctor :   your most welcome
User :   hi sorry, does this lie dormant in people
User :   you know what am meaning, do i have this virus in me just now
Doctor :   no you dont
Doctor :   its a bacterial infection
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   that the baby got
Doctor :   you will are ok
Doctor :   and are healthy
Doctor :   your welcome
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