Boys with a sepsis and purpura are more likely suffer severely than girls, according to a Dutch study involving 287 paediatric patients.
The authors found males were more likely to suffer shock and spent more days in ICU. They said 15.7% of cases resulted in fatality, with the risk highest in children under three years of age.
The authors said: ‘Age and gender are determinants of severity of paediatric sepsis and pupura. Survival rates have improved during the last two decades.’
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