This, as already pointed out, depends upon the increase of opsonins, though it is also to be noted that in many infective conditions there is another factor present, namely a leucocytosis, that is, an increase of the leucocytes in the blood, and the defensive powers of the body are thereby increased.
The usual signs of infection (e.g. pyrexia, leucocytosis) may be absent and infection surveillance must be rigorous.
Clinical antecedents linked with this type of injury include maternal pyrexia, prolonged preterm rupture of membranes and maternal leucocytosis.
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