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Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in children: Management and outcome

Sheldon L Kaplan, MD
Section Editor
Morven S Edwards, MD
Deputy Editor
Carrie Armsby, MD, MPH


Staphylococcus aureus is a leading cause of both community- and hospital-associated bacteremia. S. aureus bacteremia (SAB) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, even with appropriate therapy.

The treatment and outcome of S. aureus bacteremia in children are reviewed here. The epidemiology and clinical manifestations of S. aureus bacteremia in children are discussed separately. (See "Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in children: Epidemiology and clinical features".)


Supportive care — Supportive measures for children with S. aureus bacteremia (SAB) may include:

Fever management

Respiratory support for patients with pneumonia or respiratory distress (see "Acute respiratory distress in children: Emergency evaluation and initial stabilization", section on 'Initial stabilization' and "Pneumonia in children: Inpatient treatment", section on 'Respiratory support')

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