Phagocytic ability of neutrophils and monocytes in neonates

  title={Phagocytic ability of neutrophils and monocytes in neonates},
  author={Athanasios Filias and Georgios L. Theodorou and Sofia Mouzopoulou and Anastasia A. Varvarigou and Stephanos Mantagos and Marina Karakantza},
  booktitle={BMC pediatrics},
BACKGROUND Infections by a variety of pathogens are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality during perinatal period. The susceptibility of neonates to bacterial infections has been attributed to immaturity of innate immunity. It is considered that one of the impaired mechanisms is the phagocytic function of neutrophils and monocytes. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the phagocytic ability of neonates at birth. METHODS The phagocytic ability of neutrophils and… CONTINUE READING