Group D streptococcal septicemia in the neonate

Am J Dis Child. 1979 May;133(5):493-6. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130050037008.


The clinical course of 11 patients with neonatal group D streptococcal septicemia is reviewed. Two of the infants died and hydrocephalus developed in one. Group D Streptococcus, both enterococci and nonenterococci, should be considered pathogenic in the neonate until proved otherwise. The antibiotics of choice for treating such infections in the newborn are ampicillin sodium and either kanamycin sulfate or gentamicin sulfate.

MeSH terms

  • Ampicillin / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Gentamicins / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / etiology*
  • Kanamycin / therapeutic use
  • Male
  • Sepsis / etiology*
  • Streptococcal Infections* / diagnosis
  • Streptococcal Infections* / drug therapy


  • Gentamicins
  • Kanamycin
  • Ampicillin