Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal Research Priority Setting Partnership: help wanted

Katie Evans
Neonatal Research Priority Setting Partnership Project Co-ordinator and Clinical Research Fellow in Neonatal Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Chris Gale
Academic Neonatologist and Neonatal Society Meeting Secretary

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Nocardia; pneumonia; immune deficiency; thrombocytopenia; chronic granulomatous disease
Key points
  1. N. farcinicais an infrequent but clinically aggressive infection usually associated with immunocompromised patients.
  2. Extreme prematurity may be a contributing factor for acquiring nocardial infection.

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