WBC count and differential. Value in predicting bacterial diseases in children

Am J Dis Child. 1979 Jan;133(1):25-7. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130010031003.


To assess published criteria for distinguishing between bacterial and non-bacterial infections by examination of the WBC count and differential, we reviewed 328 consecutive inpatient admissions to a pediatric communicable diseases service. In our experience, the WBC count and differential could not differentiate between bacterial and nonbacterial disease.

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Infections / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Leukocyte Count*