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  1. Meningitis bacteriana Bacterial meningitis

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    Ana Teresa Alvarado Guevara

    2006-03-01

    causales son virales lo cual conlleva a las diferentes sub-clasificaciones. También en ciertos casos puede ser ocasionada por hongos, bacterias atípicas, micobacterias y parásitos.In Costa Rica the bacterial meningitis had turn into a high-priority subject in which to monitoring epidemiologist. It had been talked about in the last months, to dice an increase in the attention is published of this subject, due to this phenomenon it becomes necessary to make a revision of topic. Meningitis is an inflammation of leptomeninges and colonization of the subarachnoid cerebrospinal fluid (LCR due to different agents, which produces meningeal symptoms (ex. migraine, neck rigidity, and photophobia and pleocytosis in LCR. De pending on the variables to take into account is possible to group it in different classifications, taking into account the time of evolution are possible to be divided in acute or chronic, to first with few hours or days of beginning of the symptoms, whereas the chronicle also presents a silence course but of the disease of approximately 4 weeks of instauration. There is a difference according to its etiologic agent; they can be infectious and non-infectious. Examples of common non-infectious causes include medications (ex, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and antibiotics and carcinomatosis. A classification exists as well according to the causal agent. The acute bacterial meningitis remarks a bacterial origin of the syndrome, which characterizes by the by an acute onset of meningeal symptoms and neutrophilic pleocytosis. Each one of the bacteriological agents, parasitic or fungus finishes by characterizing the different presentations of the clinical features (ex, meningocóccica meningitis, Cryptococcus meningitis. Finally, there is also the aseptic meningitis, denominated in this form because it’s nonpyogenic cellular response caused by many types of agents. The patients show an acute beginning of symptoms, fever and lymphocytic pleocytosis. After

  2. Zoonotic bacterial meningitis in adults: clinical characteristics, etiology, treatment and outcome

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    van Samkar, A.

    2016-01-01

    In this thesis, we describe the clinical characteristics, etiology, treatment and outcome of zoonotic bacterial meningitis. Each chapter describes meningitis patients infected by a specific zoonotic pathogen, such as Streptococcus equi, Streptococcuis suis, Capnocytophaga canimorsus, Campylobacter f

  3. Seizures Complicating Bacterial Meningitis

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available The clinical data of 116 patients, 1 month to <5 years of age, admitted for bacterial meningitis, and grouped according to those with and without seizures during hospitalization, were compared in a study at Buddhist Dalin Tzu Chi General Hospital, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and other centers in Taiwan.

  4. Bacterial meningitis in newborn and infant: correlation between organism, CT findings and clinical outcome

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    Choi, Hye Young; Park, Young Seo; Yoo, Shi Joon; Suh, Dae Chul; Chung, Young Kyo [College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1993-03-15

    Acute bacterial meningitis often results in significant neurologic complications regardless of the antibiotics treatment Computed tomographic (CT) finding of tuberculous meningitis is fairly well known but not the findings of bacterial meningitis. This study was performed to determine the incidence of causative organisms and to correlate between the organisms and computed tomographic (CT) findings with clinical outcome of bacterial meningitis in newborns and infants. We analyzed the brain CT and clinical records of 15 infants who had been diagnosed as bacterial meningitis by CSF culture. We found that the most common organisms were Group B streptococcus in neonates without no neurologic complications in all but one and Hemophilus influenza in infants whose clinical outcomes were poor in all except one. CT findings related with poor prognosis in this study were cerebral edema, basal cisternal obliteration and enhancement, and cerebral infarction on initial CT and ventriculomegaly on follow-up CT. We concluded that CT diagnosed intracranial complications of bacterial meningitis well and could contributed to better treatment of bacterial meningitis.

  5. Diagnostic clinical and laboratory findings in response to predetermining bacterial pathogen: data from the Meningitis Registry.

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    Maria Karanika

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Childhood meningitis continues to be an important cause of mortality in many countries. The search for rapid diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis has lead to the further exploration of prognostic factors. This study was scheduled in an attempt to analyze various clinical symptoms as well as rapid laboratory results and provide an algorithm for the prediction of specific bacterial aetiology of childhood bacterial meningitis. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: During the 32 year period, 2477 cases of probable bacterial meningitis (BM were collected from the Meningitis Registry (MR. Analysis was performed on a total of 1331 confirmed bacterial meningitis cases of patients aged 1 month to 14 years. Data was analysed using EPI INFO (version 3.4.3-CDC-Atlanta and SPSS (version 15.0-Chicago software. Statistically significant (p or = 15000/microL (OR 2.19 with a PPV of 77.8% (95%CI 40.0-97.2. For the diagnosis of Haemophilus influenzae, the most significant group of diagnostic criteria included, absence of haemorrhagic rash (OR 13.61, age > or = 1 year (OR 2.04, absence of headache (OR 3.01, CSF Glu < 40 mg/dL (OR 3.62 and peripheral WBC < 15,000/microL (OR 1.74 with a PPV of 58.5% (95%CI 42.1-73.7. CONCLUSIONS: The use of clinical and laboratory predictors for the assessment of the causative bacterial pathogen rather than just for predicting outcome of mortality seems to be a useful tool in the clinical management and specific treatment of BM. These findings should be further explored and studied.

  6. Performance of thirteen clinical rules to distinguish bacterial and presumed viral meningitis in Vietnamese children.

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    Nguyen Tien Huy

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Successful outcomes from bacterial meningitis require rapid antibiotic treatment; however, unnecessary treatment of viral meningitis may lead to increased toxicities and expense. Thus, improved diagnostics are required to maximize treatment and minimize side effects and cost. Thirteen clinical decision rules have been reported to identify bacterial from viral meningitis. However, few rules have been tested and compared in a single study, while several rules are yet to be tested by independent researchers or in pediatric populations. Thus, simultaneous test and comparison of these rules are required to enable clinicians to select an optimal diagnostic rule for bacterial meningitis in settings and populations similar to ours. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted at the Infectious Department of Pediatric Hospital Number 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The performance of the clinical rules was evaluated by area under a receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC-AUC using the method of DeLong and McNemar test for specificity comparison. RESULTS: Our study included 129 patients, of whom 80 had bacterial meningitis and 49 had presumed viral meningitis. Spanos's rule had the highest AUC at 0.938 but was not significantly greater than other rules. No rule provided 100% sensitivity with a specificity higher than 50%. Based on our calculation of theoretical sensitivity and specificity, we suggest that a perfect rule requires at least four independent variables that posses both sensitivity and specificity higher than 85-90%. CONCLUSIONS: No clinical decision rules provided an acceptable specificity (>50% with 100% sensitivity when applying our data set in children. More studies in Vietnam and developing countries are required to develop and/or validate clinical rules and more very good biomarkers are required to develop such a perfect rule.

  7. Bacterial Meningitis in Infants

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available A retrospective study of 80 infantile patients (ages 30-365 days; 47 male, 33 female with culture-proven bacterial meningitis seen over a 16 year period (1986-2001 is reported from Taiwan.

  8. Cognitive outcome in adults after bacterial meningitis.

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    Hoogman, M.; Beek, D. van de; Weisfelt, M.; Gans, J. de; Schmand, B.

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate cognitive outcome in adult survivors of bacterial meningitis. METHODS: Data from three prospective multicentre studies were pooled and reanalysed, involving 155 adults surviving bacterial meningitis (79 after pneumococcal and 76 after meningococcal meningitis) and 72 healthy c

  9. Epidemiological, clinical and prognostic profile of childhood acute bacterial meningitis in a resource poor setting

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    Bankole Peter Kuti

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Childhood bacterial meningitis is a neurologic emergency that continues to kill and maims children particularly in developing countries with poor immunization coverage. Objective: This study set out to assess the hospital incidence, pattern of presentation, etiologic agents, outcome and determinants of mortality among the children admitted with bacterial meningitis at the Wesley Guild Hospital (WGH, Ilesa. Patients and Methods: We carried out a retrospective review of admitted cases of bacterial meningitis in children aged one month to 15 years at the WGH, Ilesa over a three year period by looking at the hospital records. Factors in the history and examinations were compared among survivors and those that died to determine factors significantly associated with mortality in these children. Results: Eighty-one (5.5% of the 1470 childhood admissions during the study period had bacterial meningitis. Male preponderance was observed and two-thirds of the children were infants. More cases were admitted during the wet rainy season than during the dry harmattan season. Haemophilus influenzae type B and Streptococcus pneumoniae were the leading etiologic agents and ciprofloxacin and ceftriaxone adequately cover for these organisms. Twenty-two (27.2% of the 81 children died, while 34 (42.0% survived with neurologic deficits. Children with multiple seizures, coma, neck retraction, hyponatremia, hypoglycorrhachia, turbid CSF as well as Gram positive meningitis at presentation were found to more likely to die (P < 0.05. None of these factors however independently predict mortality. Conclusion: Childhood bacterial meningitis often results in death and neurologic deficit among infants and young children admitted at the WGH, Ilesa. Children diagnosed with meningitis who in addition had multiple seizures, neck retraction and coma at presentation are at increased risk of dying.

  10. Bacterial meningitis and diseases caused by bacterial toxins.

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    Rings, D M

    1987-03-01

    Bacterial meningitis most commonly occurs in young calves secondary to septicemia. Clinical signs of hyperirritability are usually seen. Meningitis can be confirmed by cerebrospinal fluid analysis and culture or by necropsy. Intoxications by the exotoxins of Clostridium perfringens types C and D, C. botulinum, and C. tetani are difficult to confirm. The clinical signs of these intoxications vary from flaccid paralysis (botulism) to muscular rigidity (tetanus). Treatment of affected cattle has been unrewarding in botulism and enterotoxemia, whereas early aggressive treatment of tetanus cases can often be successfully resolved. Botulism and enterotoxemia can be proved using mouse inoculation tests, whereas tetanus is diagnosed largely by ruling out other diseases.

  11. Meningococcal Disease (Bacterial Meningitis) Vaccine and Pregnancy

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    Meningococcal Disease (Bacterial meningitis) Vaccine and Pregnancy In every pregnancy, a woman starts out with a 3-5% chance of having a baby ... advice from your health care provider. What is meningitis? Meningitis is an infection of the lining that ...

  12. CT scan of bacterial and aseptic meningitis

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    Takemoto, Kazumasa; Saiwai, Shigeo; Tamaoka, Koichi (Kobe Central Municipal Hospital (Japan))

    1983-01-01

    CT scans of the patients with aseptic and bacterial meningitis were reviewed and compared to previous reports. In aseptic meningitis, no abnormal CT findings were observed. In bacterial meningitis, CT findings were ventricular dilatation, subdural fluid collection, parenchymal low density, intracerebral hematoma and meningeal enhancement after contrast injection. Three patients among 48 suffered from status epileptics during the course of the illness. All of the 3 patients developed parenchymal inhomogeneous low density and progressive ventricular dilatation which did not improve after ventricular peritoneal shunt surgery. We believe that these changes are most likely due to hypoxic hypoxemia during epileptic seizure and meningitis itself seems to play a little role.

  13. Adult bacterial meningitis

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    Meyer, C N; Samuelsson, I S; Galle, M

    2004-01-01

    inappropriate clinical handling, abnormal consciousness, convulsions and nosocomial infection. Overall, the data indicated that neither age alone, community-acquired infection nor absence of identified risk factors can predict susceptibility to penicillin accurately. Recommendations for empirical antibiotic...

  14. Clinical characteristics and prognosis of acute bacterial meningitis in elderly patients over 65: a hospital-based study

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    Lai Wei-An

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To examine the clinical characteristics of bacterial meningitis in elderly patients. Methods 261 patients with adult bacterial meningitis (ABM, collected during a study period of 11 years (2000-2010, were included for study. Among them, 87 patients aged ≥ 65 years and were classified as the elderly group. The clinical and laboratory characteristics and prognostic factors were analyzed, and a clinical comparison with those of non-elderly ABM patients was also made. Results The 87 elderly ABM patients were composed of 53 males and 34 females, aged 65-87 years old (median = 71 years. Diabetes mellitus (DM was the most common underlying condition (34%, followed by end stage renal disease (7%, alcoholism (4% and malignancies (4%. Fever was the most common clinical manifestation (86%, followed by altered consciousness (62%, leukocytosis (53%, hydrocephalus (38%, seizure (30%, bacteremia (21% and shock (11%. Thirty-nine of these 87 elderly ABM patients had spontaneous infection, while the other 48 had post-neurosurgical infection. Forty-four patients contracted ABM in a community-acquired state, while the other 43, a nosocomial state. The therapeutic results of the 87 elderly ABM patients were that 34 patients expired and 53 patients survived. The comparative results of the clinical and laboratory characteristics between the elderly and non-elderly ABM patients showed that only peripheral blood leukocytosis was significant. Presence of shock and seizure were significant prognostic factors of elderly ABM patients. Conclusions Elderly ABM patients accounted for 34.8% of the overall ABM cases, and this relatively high incidence rate may signify the future burden of ABM in the elderly population in Taiwan. The relative frequency of implicated pathogens of elderly ABM is similar to that of non-elderly ABM. Compared with non-elderly patients, the elderly ABM patients have a significantly lower incidence of peripheral blood leukocytosis

  15. Cerebral infarction in childhood bacterial meningitis

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    Snyder, R.D.; Stovring, J; Cushing, A H; Davis, L. E.; Hardy, T. L.

    1981-01-01

    Forty-nine children with complicated bacterial meningitis were studied. Thirteen had abnormalities on computed tomography compatible with the diagnosis of brain infarction; one had a brain biopsy with the histological appearance of infarction. Factors exist in childhood bacterial meningitis which are associated with the development of brain infraction.

  16. Integration of Rule Based Expert Systems and Case Based Reasoning in an Acute Bacterial Meningitis Clinical Decision Support System

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    Cabrera, Mariana Maceiras

    2010-01-01

    This article presents the results of the research carried out on the development of a medical diagnostic system applied to the Acute Bacterial Meningitis, using the Case Based Reasoning methodology. The research was focused on the implementation of the adaptation stage, from the integration of Case Based Reasoning and Rule Based Expert Systems. In this adaptation stage we use a higher level RBC that stores and allows reutilizing change experiences, combined with a classic rule-based inference engine. In order to take into account the most evident clinical situation, a pre-diagnosis stage is implemented using a rule engine that, given an evident situation, emits the corresponding diagnosis and avoids the complete process.

  17. Experimental bacterial meningitis in rabbit; evaluation with CT and MRI

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    Seo, Jeong Jin; Kang, Heoung Keun; Chu, Sung Nam; Kim, Yun Hyeon; Jeong, Yong Yeon; Chung, Hyon De [Chonnam Univ. Medical School, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of computed tomography(CT) and magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) in experimental bacterial meningitis. CT and MR images of experimental bacterial meningitis were obtained after inoculation of 1ml suspension of 10-6/ml Staphylococcus aureus directly into the supratentorial arachnoid space of 18 New Zealand white rabbits. Each animal was studied with both pre-enhanced and post-enhanced CT and MRI at 12, 24, 48 hours and 1 week. Cerebrospinal fluid of all of 18 rabbits were sampled and cultured for bacterial growth. All of 18 rabbits had the clinical symptoms such as neck stiffness and anorexia within 24 hours after the inoculation. Cerebrospinal fluid cultures were positive for Staphylococcus aureus growth. Gd-enhanced MRI exhibited diffuse enhancement along the thickened supratentorial meninges earlier than CT. In Gd-enhanced MRI, the mean contrast enhancement along the thickened supratentorial meninges earlier than CT. In Gd-enhanced MRI, the mean contrast enhancement ratio(CER) at supratentorial meninges increased to 1.93 at 12 hours and 2.99 at 24 hours from 1.06 at 0 hour. Histologic evaluation demonstrated inflammatory cell infiltration into the meninges. MRI also identified the complications of meningitis such as ependymitis and hydrocephalus more effectively than CT. These results indicated that Fd-enhanced MRI detectred earlier the abnormal findingfs of bacterial meningitis and evaluated more effectively the complications of meningitis compared with CT. MRI was more useful than CT in evaluation of the bacterial meningitis.

  18. The clinical utility of Procalcitionin in differentiating Bacterial meningitis from Viral meningitis%降钙素原在鉴别细菌性脑膜炎和病毒性脑炎的临床应用

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    林联韵; 高丽丹; 吴莉春

    2013-01-01

    Objective:The aim of this work was to study the clinical utility of Procalcitonin in differentiating Bacterial meningitis from Viral meningitis,we also compared PCT to C-reactive protein (CRP)and White blood count.Methods:Forty one childre with clinically suspected meningitis wenr studied.Lumbar Punctures were done for cases before starting initial antibiotic treatment.According to the result of bacterial cultres and cerebrospital fluid (CSF)cytochemical profile,we classified the children patients into two groups:The Bacterial meningitis group and The Viral meningitis group.PCT、CRPand Leukocyte count were measured individually at the time of admission and after treatment. Results :PCT levels were significantly higher in patients with bacterial miningitis compared to patients with viral meningitis (P<0.05), PCT levels in bacterial meningitis group significantly decreased after antibiotic treatment (P<0.05), Conclusion:Procalcitonin level has a better diagnostic and prognostic value in distinguish between bacterial and viral meningitis,it is also a good indicator of the eefficacy of treatment of bacterial meningitis.%  目的:研究降钙素原(Procalcitonin,PCT)在鉴别细菌性脑膜炎和病毒性脑膜炎的临床应用,同时将PCT与外周血CRP、血常规白细胞计数、脑脊液(CSF)细胞学检查等进行比较.方法:41名中枢神经系统感染患儿在进行抗生素治疗之前进行腰穿,根据细菌培养和脑脊液细胞学检查结果,将患者分成两组:细菌性脑膜炎组和病毒性脑炎组.PCT、CRP和血常规白细胞计数在入院和治疗后分别测定.结果:细菌性脑膜炎组患儿血清PCT和脑脊液PCT浓度明显高于病毒性脑炎组(P<0.05),差异均有统计学意义,且细菌性脑膜炎组患儿外周血PCT在经过抗生素治疗后较入院时明显下降,两者比较有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论:PCT对早期鉴别儿童细菌性脑膜炎和病毒性脑炎具有重要临床价值,同时也

  19. Endolymphatic sac involvement in bacterial meningitis

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    Møller, Martin Nue; Brandt, Christian; Andersen, Christian Østergaard;

    2015-01-01

    The commonest sequelae of bacterial meningitis are related to the inner ear. Little is known about the inner ear immune defense. Evidence suggests that the endolymphatic sac provides some protection against infection. A potential involvement of the endolymphatic sac in bacterial meningitis......-inoculated. The rats were killed when reaching terminal illness or on day 7, followed by light microscopy preparation and PAS-Alcian blue staining. The endolymphatic sac was examined for bacterial invasion and leukocyte infiltration. Neither bacteria nor leukocytes infiltrated the endolymphatic sac during the first...... days. Bacteria invaded the inner ear through the cochlear aquaduct. On days 5-6, the bacteria invaded the endolymphatic sac through the endolymphatic duct subsequent to invasion of the vestibular endolymphatic compartment. No evidence of direct bacterial invasion of the sac through the meninges...

  20. Risk factors for community-acquired bacterial meningitis in adults

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    Adriani, K.S.

    2015-01-01

    Bacterial meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges and occurs when bacteria invade the subarachnoid space. The meninges are the protective membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. Bacterial meningitis is a life-threatening disease because the proximity of the infection to the brai

  1. Cerebrospinal fluid lactate dehydrogenase isoenzymes in children with bacterial and aseptic meningitis.

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    Nussinovitch, Moshe; Finkelstein, Yaron; Elishkevitz, Keren Politi; Volovitz, Benjamin; Harel, Daniella; Klinger, Gil; Razon, Yaron; Nussinovitch, Udi; Nussinovitch, Naomi

    2009-10-01

    Differentiation of bacterial from aseptic meningitis may be difficult. Our aim was to determine the pattern of distribution of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) isoenzymes in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with bacterial and aseptic meningitis. One hundred and fifty-seven patients with suspected meningitis were enrolled in the study. They were divided into 3 groups according to the culture- or bacterial antigen assay-proven diagnosis and CSF findings: bacterial meningitis (n = 31), aseptic meningitis (n = 65), and non-meningitis (n = 61). Total LDH level and percentages of LDH isoenzymes in the CSF were measured in each patient. Each group showed a distinct LDH isoenzyme distribution pattern, with a statistically significant difference among the groups in the percentages of the various isoenzymes. Compared with the non-meningitis group, total LDH activity in the CSF was high in the aseptic meningitis group (49.82+/-35.59 U/L, P < 0.001) and exaggerated in the bacterial meningitis group (944.53+/-112.3 U/L, P < 0.001). Low LDH-2 levels were unique to bacterial meningitis (P < 0.01), whereas high LDH-3 levels were characteristic of aseptic meningitis (P < 0.05). Both groups had low levels of LDH-1 and high levels of LDH-4 and LDH-5. In conclusion, the LDH isoenzyme pattern may be of clinical diagnostic value in meningitis, particularly when culture results are pending.

  2. Cholinesterase modulations in patients with acute bacterial meningitis

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    Berg, Ronan M G; Ofek, Keren; Qvist, Tavs;

    2011-01-01

    The circulating cholinesterases acetyl- and butyrylcholinesterase may be suppressed and subsequently released from the brain in acute bacterial meningitis.......The circulating cholinesterases acetyl- and butyrylcholinesterase may be suppressed and subsequently released from the brain in acute bacterial meningitis....

  3. Risk of Bacterial Meningitis in Children with Cochlear Implants

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    ... Information For... Media Policy Makers Risk of Bacterial Meningitis in Children with Cochlear Implants Language: English Español ( ... Compartir 2002 Study of the Risk of Bacterial Meningitis in Children with Cochlear Implants Many people have ...

  4. Neurosonographic findings of bacterial meningitis in Infants

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    Kim, Moon Chul; Lee, Sung Sik; Lee, Hong Kue; Lee, Soon Il [Sowa Children' s Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1989-02-15

    44 infants under 1 year were studied retrospectively during these illness and follow up after 1 week intervals. The spectrum of sonographic features of bacterial meningitis in acute stage included normal scan (20 patients), echogenic sulci (10 patients), echogenic lining of epandymas (8 patients), Abnormal parenchymal echogenecity (6 patients). On follow up examination with 1 week intervals, variety of complications was found in 14 patients (32%) of the infants. There were ventriculomegaly in 7 patients, extraaxial fluid collection in 4 patients, brain abscess in 2 patients and poor encephalic cyst in 1 patient. We conclude that ultrasound was an effective method for evaluation of progression and complications of bacterial meningitis.

  5. Corticosteroids for acute adult bacterial meningitis

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    D. van de Beek

    2009-01-01

    Bacterial meningitis in adults is a severe disease, with high fatality and morbidity rates. Experimental studies showed that the inflammatory response in the subarachnoid space is associated with unfavorable outcome. In these experiments, corticosteroids, and in particular dexamethasone, were able t

  6. Bacterial meningitis: Mechanisms of disease and therapy

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    R.F. Kornelisse (René); R. de Groot (Ronald); H.J. Neijens (Herman)

    1995-01-01

    textabstractBacterial meningitis continues to be a serious infectious disease with a high morbidity and mortality in young children. Early recognition and initiation of adequate treatment are the major determinants for a good outcome. Recent advances in our understanding of the host inflammatory res

  7. C-reactive protein and bacterial meningitis

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    Gerdes, Lars Ulrik; Jørgensen, P E; Nexø, E;

    1998-01-01

    The aim of the study was to review published articles on the diagnostic accuracy of C-reactive protein (CRP) tests with cerebrospinal fluid and serum in diagnosing bacterial meningitis. The literature from 1980 and onwards was searched using the electronic databases of MEDLINE, and we used summary...

  8. Purulent Bacterial Meningitis at Birth

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    Babak Karimi

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, which are known as the meninges. This infection may be caused by Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. In this study, we presented the case of a female newborn with meningitis secondary to Streptococcus pneumonia. Her birth weight and height were normal. After 24 hours of birth, the neonate was diagnosed with tachypnea, without presenting any signs of fever or respiratory distress. The newborn was referred to Sheikh Children's Hospital, where chest X-ray showed clear lungs with no evidence of abnormality. Furthermore, the cardiothoracic ratio was normal. A complete blood count demonstrated white blood cell (WBC count of 5400/uL. In Blood/Culcture ratio (B/C test, Streptococcus pneumonia was reported, and the results of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF analysis confirmed this result. Following 14 days of receiving antibiotic therapy, the results of CSF analysis were within the normal range. Her visual and hearing examinations were normal, and demonstrated improved situation. The infant was discharged with exclusive breastfeeding.

  9. Meningitis

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    The most common causes of meningitis are viral infections. These infections usually get better without treatment. But, bacterial meningitis infections are very serious. They may result in death or ...

  10. [Cerebral salt wasting syndrome in bacterial meningitis].

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    Attout, H; Guez, S; Seriès, C

    2007-10-01

    Subarachnoid hemorrhage is the most common cause of cerebral salt wasting syndrome. There are few reports of this condition in infectious meningitis. We describe a patient with hyponatremia and bacterial meningitis. Hyponatremia rapidly improved after administration of sodium chloride. The purpose of this report is to alert clinicians to the fact that hyponatremic patients with central nervous system disease do not necessarily have a syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone (SIADH), but may have cerebral salt wasting syndrome. By contrast with SIADH, the treatment requires saline administration.

  11. Bacterial meningitis in children. MR findings

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    Kinoshita, Toshibumi; Ishii, Kiyoshi; Nakagawa, Hiroshi; Onuma, Takehide [Sendai City Hospital (Japan)

    1998-09-01

    We analyzed MRI findings for 17 children with bacterial meningitis. Contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images revealed meningeal enhancement at the basal cistern and/or the convex surface of the brain in 15 cases. Cerebral infarcts were found in the distribution of perforating and/or medullary arteries in four cases. In one neonatal case, venous infarction with hemorrhagic transformation was evident. Communicating hydrocephalus was noted in three cases, subdural effusion in two, subdural empyema in one, and encephalitis in one. In one neonatal case ventriculitis was found. We conclude that MRI is useful for the evaluation of the active inflammatory process of the meninges and the identification of the focal lesions in central nervous system complications. (author)

  12. C-REACTIVE PROTEIN IN BACTERIAL MENINGITIS: DOSE IT HELP TO DIFFERENTIATE BACTERIAL FROM VIRAL MENINGITIS?

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    AR EMAMI NAEINI

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Central nervous system infections are among the most serious conditions in of medical practice. C-reactive Protein has recently been evaluated in terms of its ability to diffeccentiate bacterial from nonbacterial central nervous system inflammations.
    Methods. We studied the frequency of positive CRP in 61 patients who had signs of meningitis. All the specimens referred to one laboratory and were examined by Slide method.
    Results. Positive CRP was found in 97.6 percent of those who were finally diagnosed as bacterial meningitis. The frequency of CRP for other types of meningitis was 16.6 percent (P < 0.05.
    Discussion. In the absence of infection, CSF is free of CRP. Positive CRP may help to the differentiate the different types of meningitis.

  13. Clinical analysis of 16 cases with adult atypical bacterial meningitis%成人不典型细菌性脑膜炎16例临床分析

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    唐宇凤; 段劲峰; 冯由军

    2013-01-01

    Objective To study the clinical characteristics of cases with adults bacterial meningitis. Methods Clinical data of 16 cases with adult bacterial meningitis were retrospectively analyzed. Results Only one case showed typical meningitis triad syndrome, while cerebrospinal fluid physicochemical properties of other 15 cases were inconformity with typical bacterial meningitis change. All cases were diagnosed as bacterial meningitis by cerebrospinal fluid culture. In these cases,5 cases(31. 25% )were infected by Staphylococcus epidermidis,4 cases(25% ) by Streptococcus pneumoniae,4 cases(25% ) by Single kernel Lester bacteria,2 cases ( 12. 5 % ) by escherichia coli, and 1 case ( 6. 25 % ) by staphylococcus aureus. After treatment with combination of antibiotics with short-term of hormone, 14 cases were cured and 2 cases died. Conclusion Adults with atypical bacterial meningitis are easy to be misdiag-nosed. Thus, cerebrospinal fluid culture and drug sensitivity test must be done as early as possible. The risk factors of unfavorable outcome are infections with drug resistance bacteria,advanced age,early impairment of consciousness,and positive results of blood cultivation.%目的 探讨成人不典型细菌性脑膜炎的临床表现、治疗和预后.方法 回顾性分析我院16例成人细菌性脑膜炎患者的临床资料.结果 16例患者中仅有1例患者出现了典型的脑膜炎三联征,所有患者的脑脊液理化性状均不符合典型细菌性脑膜炎改变.16例患者均经脑脊液培养确诊为细菌性脑膜炎:表皮葡萄球菌感染5例(31.25%),肺炎链球菌感染4例(25%),单核李斯特菌感染4例(25%),大肠杆菌感染2例(12.5%),金黄色葡萄球菌感染1例(6.25%).经抗生素联合短期激素治疗,14例痊愈,2例死亡.结论 临床表现不典型的成人细菌性脑膜炎容易误诊,必须早期行脑脊液培养及药敏试验进行诊断.患者预后不佳的原因可能与耐药菌感染、高龄、早期意识障碍和血培养阳性有关.

  14. Aspectos clínicos e laboratoriais de meningite piogênica em lactentes Clinical and laboratorial aspects of acute bacterial meningitis in infants

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    Rita Lucena

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: descrever as características clínicas e laboratoriais da meningite piogênica em lactentes. MÉTODO: informações obtidas a partir do acompanhamento prospectivo dos lactentes com meningite piogênica, admitidos no Hospital Couto Maia no período de março a dezembro de 1997, foram inseridas em um banco de dados e analisadas com auxílio de programas estatísticos. RESULTADOS: meningite piogênica foi mais prevalente em lactentes com idade entre 6 meses e 1 ano, sendo o agente etiológico mais freqüente o Haemophilus influenzae. A letalidade global foi de 25,9% e, entre os sobreviventes, 39,3% deixaram o hospital apresentando alguma anormalidade compatível com envolvimento encefálico ao exame neurológico. CONCLUSÃO: meningite piogênica em lactentes se constitui em enfermidade com taxa de letalidade elevada, sendo, na maioria dos casos, passível de prevenção. Consideramos de grande relevância a adoção de medidas profiláticas de saúde visando redução da incidência desta enfermidade.OBJECTIVE: to describe clinical and laboratorial characteristics of acute bacterial meningitis in infants. METHOD: data from the prospective follow-up of infants with acute bacterial meningitis, admitted at the Hospital Couto Maia between March and December 1997, were analyzed with specific statistical software. RESULTS: acute bacterial meningitis was more prevalent in infants with ages varying from 6 months to 1 year. The most frequent etiologic agent was Haemophilus influenzae. The global lethality was 25.9% and among the survivors 39.3% left the hospital with some abnormality in the neurological exam compatible with the brain involvement. CONCLUSION: acute bacterial meningitis in infants is a high lethality disease that in the majority of cases can be prevented. We consider of great relevance the adoption of health prevention strategies in order to reduce the incidence of this disease.

  15. Meningitis, Clinical Presentation of Tetanus

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    Moniuszko, Anna; Zajkowska, Agata; Tumiel, Ewa; Rutkowski, Krzysztof; Pancewicz, Sławomir; Rutkowski, Ryszard; Zdrodowska, Agnieszka; Zajkowska, Joanna

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    Background. Tetanus is an acute disease caused by a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani. Tetanus immunization has been available since the late 1930s but sporadic cases still occur, usually in incompletely vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals. Case Report. An elderly previously vaccinated female contracted tetanus following foot injury. Clinically she presented with meningitis causing diagnostic and therapeutic delays. Why Should Physician Be Aware of This? Even in developed countries the differential diagnosis of meningitis, especially in the elderly, should include tetanus. Treatment in intensive care unit is required. General population might benefit from vaccine boosters and education on this potentially fatal disease. PMID:25789186

  16. Meningitis, Clinical Presentation of Tetanus

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    Anna Moniuszko

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    Full Text Available Background. Tetanus is an acute disease caused by a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani. Tetanus immunization has been available since the late 1930s but sporadic cases still occur, usually in incompletely vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals. Case Report. An elderly previously vaccinated female contracted tetanus following foot injury. Clinically she presented with meningitis causing diagnostic and therapeutic delays. Why Should Physician Be Aware of This? Even in developed countries the differential diagnosis of meningitis, especially in the elderly, should include tetanus. Treatment in intensive care unit is required. General population might benefit from vaccine boosters and education on this potentially fatal disease.

  17. Predictors of inferior outcome in community acquired bacterial meningitis.

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    Streharova, A; Krcmery, V; Kisac, P; Kalavsky, E; Holeckova, K; Lesnakova, A; Luzinsky, L; Adamkovicova, E; Pavlikova, Z; Spilakova, N; Kacunova, B; Dovalova, V; Wiczmandyova, O; Spanik, S; Liskova, A; Chovancova, D; Kovac, M; Ondrusova, A; Bauer, F; Benca, J; Rudinsky, B; Sramka, M; Kralova, J; Krsakova, J; Krumpolcova, M; Findova, L; Svabova, V; Sladeckova, V; Seckova, S; Saniova, J; Pavlicova, B; Taziarova, M; Bukovinova, P; Kolenova, A; Horvathova, E; Hvizdak, F; Luzica, R; Rolnikova, B; Bocakova, A; Grey, E; Bielova, M; Huttova, M; Sabo, I; Jalili, N

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    The aim of this study was to assess mortality and sequellae within cases from Nationwide survey of community acquired meningitis and identify risk factors for inferior outcome. Risk factors such as underlying disease (diabetes mellitus, cancer, trauma, neonatal age, splenectomy, alcoholism, sepsis, other infections), etiology, clinical symptoms and outcome (death, improvement and cured after modifications of ATB therapy, cured without change of therapy, cured with neurologic sequellae) were recorded and analysed with univariate analysis (chi2 or t test for trends, CDC Atlanta 2004). Analysing risk factors for inferior outcome (death or cured with neurologic sequellae), we compared patients who died or survived with neurologic sequellae to all patients with community acquired bacterial meningitis. Univariate analysis showed that trauma (palcohol abuse (pdiabetes, S. aureus (pdiabetes mellitus (palcoholism (palcohol abuse (p<0.05), craniocerbral trauma (p<0.05) and less common in meningitis with pneumococcal etiology (p<0.05).

  18. Cerebrospinal fluid ferritin in children with viral and bacterial meningitis.

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    Rezaei, M; Mamishi, S; Mahmoudi, S; Pourakbari, B; Khotaei, G; Daneshjou, K; Hashemi, N

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    Despite the fact that the prognosis of bacterial meningitis has been improved by the influence of antibiotics, this disease is still one of the significant causes of morbidity and mortality in children. Rapid differentiation between bacterial and aseptic meningitis, and the need for immediate antibiotic treatment in the former, is crucial in the prognosis of these patients. Ferritin is one of the most sensitive biochemical markers investigated in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for the early diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. The present study aims to evaluate the diagnostic capability of CSF ferritin in differentiating bacterial and viral meningitis in the paediatric setting. A cross-sectional study was carried out in the referral Children's Medical Center Hospital, Tehran, during 2008 and 2009. According to the inclusion criteria, CSF samples from 42 patients with suspected meningitis were obtained and divided into two meningitis groups, bacterial (n = 18) and viral (n = 24). Ferritin and other routine determinants (i.e., leucocytes, protein and glucose) were compared between the two groups. Ferritin concentration in the bacterial meningitis group was 106.39 +/- 86.96 ng/dL, which was considerably higher than in the viral meningitis group (10.17 +/- 14.09, P meningitis group and showed a positive correlation with CSF ferritin. In conclusion, this study suggests that CSF ferritin concentration is an accurate test for the early differentiation of bacterial and aseptic meningitis; however, further investigation on a larger cohort of patients is required to confirm this finding.

  19. Molecular Detection of Common Bacterial Pathogens Causing Meningitis

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    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: The clinical diagnosis of meningitis is crucial, particularly in children. The early diagnosis and empiric an­tibi­otic treatments have led to a reduction in morbidity and mortality rates. PCR and the enzymatic digestion of 16SrDNA frag­ment which is produced by universal primers led up fast and sensitive determination. The purpose of this study was to investi­gate a rapid method for detection of common bacterial pathogens causing meningitis."nMethods: According to the gene encoding 16SrDNA found in all bacteria, a pair of primers was designed. Then the univer­sal PCR was performed for bacterial agents of meningitis (Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influ­enzae, etc. by employing broad- range DNA extraction method. The ob­tained uni­versal PCR products were digested with restriction enzymes (HaeIII, AluI and MnlI to identify bacterial species. "nResults: By the enzymatic digestion of the universal products of each standard strain of the above bacteria, specific patterns were achieved. These specific patterns may be used for comparison in CSF examination. The analytical sensitivity of the as­say was approximately 1.5´102 CFU/ml of CSF even in samples with high amount of proteins. Conclusion: The universal PCR coupled with enzymatic digestion can be used to detect and identify bacterial pathogens in clini­cal specimens rapidly and accurately. Molecular diagnostic of bacterial meningitis, though expensive and labor-inten­sive, but is valuable and critical in patient management.

  20. Acute bacterial meningitis in Iran: Systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Riahi, Seyed Mohammad; Nasiri, Mohammad Javad; Fallah, Fatemeh; Dabiri, Hossein; Pouriran, Ramin

    2017-01-01

    Introduction Bacterial meningitis persists in being a substantial cause of high mortality and severe neurological morbidity, despite the advances in antimicrobial therapy. Accurate data has not been available regarding the epidemiology of bacterial meningitis particularly in developing countries, yet. Indeed, the present systematic review provides a comprehensive data analysis on the prevalence and epidemiology of bacterial meningitis in Iran. Methods We systematically reviewed articles from 1994 to 2015. The reports which contained the prevalence and etiology of acute bacterial meningitis by valid clinical and laboratory diagnosis were comprised in the present study. Results Our analysis indicated that Streptococcus pneumoniae (30% [I2 = 56% p CoNS) (14% [I2 = 60.5% p < 0.06]), and Neisseria meningitidis (13% [I2 = 74.16% p < 0.001]) were the most common cause of acute bacterial meningitis among meningitis cases in Iran. Notably, high frequency rates of nosocomial meningitis pathogens were detected in the present analysis. Conclusions It was magnificently attained that the majority of cases for bacterial meningitis in Iran could be avertable by public immunization schemes and by preventive care to inhibit the broadening of hospital acquired pathogens. PMID:28170400

  1. Diagnosis and Management of Bacterial Meningitis in the Paediatric Population: A Review

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    Catherine L. Tacon

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Paediatric bacterial meningitis is a neurological emergency which, despite advances in medical management, still has a significant morbidity and mortality. Over recent decades new vaccines have led to a change in epidemiology of the disease; however, it remains a condition that requires a high index of suspicion, prompt diagnosis, and early management in the emergency department. New laboratory techniques and clinical tools are aiding the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis, yet some controversies still exist in its management. This paper outlines the changing epidemiology of the disease, current diagnostic techniques as well as controversies and advances in the management of bacterial meningitis in the paediatric population.

  2. Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Antimicrobial Treatment of Acute Bacterial Meningitis

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    M.C. Brouwer; A.R. Tunkel; D. van de Beek

    2010-01-01

    The epidemiology of bacterial meningitis has changed as a result of the widespread use of conjugate vaccines and preventive antimicrobial treatment of pregnant women. Given the significant morbidity and mortality associated with bacterial meningitis, accurate information is necessary regarding the i

  3. Clinical Experience of Bacterial Meningitis Treated by Latamoxef Sodium%拉氧头孢钠治疗细菌性脑膜炎的临床体会

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    谷祥富

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To observe the clinical efficacy and safety of bacterial meningitis treated by latamoxef sodium.Methods: Retrospective investigation to the bacterial mengitis cases in our hospital in the past 5 years was taken.Forty cases were randomly selected and divided into the latamoxef sodium 50 mg/kg treatment group(group A) and the cefepime 50 mg/kg control group(group B),each with 20 cases.Then the clinical efficacy,bacteriological changes and adverse reactions were compared between the two groups.Results: The clinical efficacy of group A and B was 95.00% and 90.00% respectively,without significant difference(P0.05).Conclusion: Latamoxef sodium treating bacterial meningitis,which had higher efficacy,safety and less adverse reaction,could reach a win-win situation for both the medical institutions and the patients under the system of new rural cooperative medicare scheme and urban health insurance.It is wealthy of clinical application.%目的:观察拉氧头孢钠治疗细菌性脑膜炎的临床疗效和安全性。方法:回顾性调查分析近5年我院治疗细菌性脑膜炎的病历,随即抽取拉氧头孢钠50mg/kg治疗组20例(A组)和头孢吡肟50 mg/kg对照组20例(B组),1次/12 h,疗程均为5~14 d。比较两组临床疗效、细菌学改变及不良反应情况。结果:A、B两组的临床痊愈率分别为90.00%、85.00%,A、B两组的临床有效率分别为95.00%、90.00%,二者比较差异无统计学意义(P〉0.05)。结论:拉氧头孢钠治疗细菌性脑膜炎的疗效满意,不良反应少,药物安全性高,在新农合和城镇医保范围,可对医疗机构及患者取得双赢,值得在临床推广应用。

  4. A proteomic approach for the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.

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    Sarah Jesse

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The discrimination of bacterial meningitis (BM versus viral meningitis (VM shapes up as a problem, when laboratory data are not equivocal, in particular, when Gram stain is negative. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: With the aim to determine reliable marker for bacterial or viral meningitis, we subjected cerebrospinal fluid (CSF to a quantitative proteomic screening. By using a recently established 2D-DIGE protocol which was adapted to the individual CSF flow, we compared a small set of patients with proven BM and VM. Thereby, we identified six potential biomarkers out of which Prostaglandin-H2 D-isomerase was already described in BM, showing proof of concept. In the subsequent validation phase on a more comprehensive collective of 80 patients, we could validate that in BM high levels of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP and low levels of soluble amyloid precursor protein alpha/beta (sAPPalpha/beta are present as possible binding partner of Fibulin-1. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: We conclude that our CSF flow-adapted 2D-DIGE protocol is valid especially in comparing samples with high differences in total protein and suppose that GFAP and sAPPalpha/beta have a high potential as additional diagnostic markers for differentiation of BM from VM. In the clinical setting, this might lead to an improved early diagnosis and to an individual therapy.

  5. Prediction of bacterial meningitis based on cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis in children

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    Sofia Águeda

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Children with cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis are frequently treated with parenteral antibiotics, but only a few have bacterial meningitis. Although some clinical prediction rules, such as bacterial meningitis score, are of well-known value, the cerebrospinal fluid white blood cells count can be the initial available information. Our aim was to establish a cutoff point of cerebrospinal fluid white blood cell count that could distinguish bacterial from viral and aseptic meningitis. A retrospective study of children aged 29 days to 17 years who were admitted between January 1st and December 31th, 2009, with cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis (white blood cell > 7 µL-1 was conducted. The cases of traumatic lumbar puncture and of antibiotic treatment before lumbar puncture were excluded. There were 295 patients with cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis, 60.3% females, medium age 5.0 ± 4.3 years distributed as: 12.2% 1-3 months; 10.5% 3-12 months; 29.8% 12 months to 5 years; 47.5% >5 years. Thirty one children (10.5% were diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, 156 (52.9% viral meningitis and 108 (36.6% aseptic meningitis. Bacterial meningitis was caused by Neisseria meningi tidis (48.4%, Streptococcus pneumoniae (32.3%, other Streptococcus species (9.7%, and other agents (9.7%. cerebrospinal fluid white blood cell count was significantly higher in patients with bacterial meningitis (mean, 4839 cells/µL compared to patients with aseptic meningitis (mean, 159 cells/µL, p < 0.001, with those with aseptic meningitis (mean, 577 cells/µL, p < 0.001 and with all non-bacterial meningitis cases together (p < 0.001. A cutoff value of 321 white blood cell/µL showed the best combination of sensitivity (80.6% and specificity (81.4% for the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis (area under receiver operating characteristic curve 0.837. Therefore, the value of cerebrospinal fluid white blood cell count was found to be a useful and rapid diagnostic test to distinguish

  6. Meningitis registry of hospitalized cases in children: epidemiological patterns of acute bacterial meningitis throughout a 32-year period

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    Syriopoulou Vassiliki P

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bacterial meningitis remains a source of substantial morbidity and mortality in childhood. During the last decades gradual changes have been observed in the epidemiology of bacterial meningitis, related to the introduction of new polysaccharide and conjugate vaccines. The study presents an overview of the epidemiological patterns of acute bacterial meningitis in a tertiary children 's hospital during a 32-year period, using information from a disease registry. Moreover, it discusses the contribution of communicable disease registries in the study of acute infectious diseases. Methods In the early 1970s a Meningitis Registry (MR was created for patients admitted with meningitis in Aghia Sofia Children's Hospital in Athens. The MR includes demographic, clinical and laboratory data as well as treatment, complications and outcome of the patients. In 2000 a database was created and the collected data were entered, analyzed and presented in three chronological periods: A (1974–1984, B (1985–1994 and C (1995–2005. Results Of the 2,477 cases of bacterial meningitis registered in total, 1,146 cases (46.3% were classified as "probable" and 1,331 (53.7% as "confirmed" bacterial meningitis. The estimated mean annual Incidence Rate (IR was 16.9/100,000 for bacterial meningitis, 8.9/100,000 for Neisseria meningitidis, 1.3/100,000 for Streptococcus pneumoniae, 2.5/100,000 for Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib before vaccination and 0.4/100,000 for Hib after vaccination. Neisseria meningitis constituted the leading cause of childhood bacterial meningitis for all periods and in all age groups. Hib was the second most common cause of bacterial meningitis before the introduction of Hib conjugate vaccine, in periods A and B. The incidence of bacterial meningitis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae was stable. The long-term epidemiological pattern of Neisseria meningitidis appears in cycles of approximately 10 years, confirmed by a significant

  7. Latex particle agglutination test as an adjunct to the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis

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    Surinder K

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed to review the results of microscopic examination, routine culture and antigen detection by latex particle agglutination test (LPAT, in order to evaluate the diagnostic value of the LPAT in establishing the aetiological diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. LPAT was done in 65 clinically suspected meningitis cases ranging from 5 days to 60 years of age and was compared with culture and Gram stain. Using LPAT, an aetiological diagnosis could be done in 10 out of 65 (15.4% cases of bacterial meningitis. In contrast, Gram stain and culture showed 16.9 and 23.1% positivity, respectively. LPAT correlated well with Gram stain and culture and can be recommended as an adjunct laboratory test for rapid aetiological diagnosis of bacterial meningitis for prompt institution of proper antibiotics.

  8. Rarity of bacterial and viral meningitis in areas of Western Greece with fewer than 2,000 inhabitants.

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    Giannakopoulos, Ioannis; Leotsinidis, Michael; Diamantopoulos, Stavros; Makrakis, Konstantinos; Ellina, Aikaterini; Giannakopoulos, Agelos; Papanastasiou, Dimitris A

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    The purpose of the present study was to compare the incidence of childhood meningitis in regions with fewer than 2,000 inhabitants (rural regions) and regions with more than 2,000 inhabitants (urban regions) in the prefecture of Achaia in Western Greece during 1991-2005. Included were all 555 children hospitalized for meningitis. The criteria for bacterial meningitis were (i) positive blood/cerebralspinal fluid (CSF) culture, Gram stain, or latex agglutination and/or (ii) increased beta-glucuronidase in CSF. In case of suspected bacterial meningitis, the following findings were considered: compatible clinical and laboratory findings, and whether or not a cure was achieved with antibiotic treatment and finally resulted in negative cultures. In cases of suspected viral meningitis, compatible clinical and laboratory findings were considered, together with observation of a cure without antibiotic treatment. Only 28 of 555 meningitis patients were from rural regions. The incidence per 10,000 children in rural and urban regions, respectively, was as follows: meningitis, 1.13 and 8.99; bacterial meningitis, 0.16 and 2.40; suspected bacterial meningitis, 0.52 and 3.00; and viral meningitis, 0.44 and 3.58. The incidence ratio for bacterial, suspected bacterial, and viral meningitis in urban versus rural regions was 14.85, 5.72, and 8.10, respectively. Only 2 of the 79 cases with a confirmed causative pathogen came from rural regions. In conclusion, compared to those living in urban regions, children living in rural regions are relatively spared from bacterial and viral meningitis.

  9. 新生儿细菌性脑膜炎90例临床分析%Clinical Analysis of 90 Cases With Neonatal Bacterial Meningitis

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    袁进海

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the clinical characteristics of neonatal bacterial meningitis. Methods Selected 90 cases with neonatal bacterial meningitis February 2014 to March 2015 in admitted to our hospital, according to the age of children into early onset neonatal group(≤7 days), late neonatal group(≤7days)in two groups of 45 patients were analyzed retrospectively for children with clinical data. Results The two groups of children in the group of early neonatal neurologic symptoms more atypical;incidence of complications between the two groups of children, P>0.05, had no difference statistically signiifcance. Increased white blood cell count(56 cases, 62.2%), cerebrospinal fluid white blood cell count was significantly higher (87 cases, 96.7%), CSF glucose concentration decreased(15 cases, 16.7%), cerebrospinal lfuid protein increased(42 cases, 46.7%), blood culture The positive rate was 27.8%(25 cases), cerebrospinal fluid culture positive rate was 16.7% (15 cases), early neonatal bacterial culture positive group was signiifcantly lower than late neonatal group, P<0.05, had difference statistically signiifcance. Hearing damage occurs in two groups of children were 6 cases of children belonging to late neonatal group. Conclusion The clinical features of neonatal bacterial meningitis is more a lack of early neonatal characteristics more obvious, the lower rate of positive cultures of bacteria, meningitis in children need early treatment, complications may arise in children respond to intervene.%目的:研究新生儿细菌性脑膜炎的临床特征。方法选取2014年2月~2015年3月我院收治的新生儿细菌性脑膜炎患儿90例对患儿临床资料、治疗方法进行回顾性分析,根据患儿发病日龄分为早期新生儿组(≤7 d)、晚期新生儿组(>7 d)两组,每组45例。结果两组患儿中的早期新生儿组的神经系统症状更加不典型;两组患儿的合并症发生率对比,P>0.05,差异不具有统计

  10. The clinical features and meningeal histochemistry of meningeal malignant melanosis

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    LIU Xue-wu; CHI Zhao-fu; ZHAO Xiu-he; WU Wei

    2008-01-01

    @@ Meningeal malignant melanosis is a meninges tumor that can produce melanin.Primary intracranial neurocutaneous melanosis is rare.It grows fast with a high degree of malignancy and is associated with earlier intracranial hypertension and meningeal irritation.

  11. Brain ventricular dimensions and relationship to outcome in adult patients with bacterial meningitis

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    Sporrborn, Janni L; Knudsen, Gertrud B; Sølling, Mette;

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    BACKGROUND: Experimental studies suggest that changes in brain ventricle size are key events in bacterial meningitis. This study investigated the relationship between ventricle size, clinical condition and risk of poor outcome in patients with bacterial meningitis. METHODS: Adult patients diagnosed...... with bacterial meningitis admitted to two departments of infectious diseases from 2003 through 2010 were identified. Clinical and biochemical data as well as cerebral computed tomographic images were collected. The size of the brain ventricles were presented as a Ventricle to Brain Ratio (VBR). Normal range......-day mortality, Mortality Rate Ratio: 6.03 (95 % confidence interval: 1.61-22.64, p = 0.008) for highest versus lowest tertile. A VBR deviating more than 2 standard deviations from the normal range was associated with increased mortality. CONCLUSIONS: Brain ventricles are commonly subject to marked...

  12. Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance pattern of bacterial meningitis in Egypt

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    Shaban Lamyaa

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Infectious diseases are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the developing world. In Egypt bacterial diseases constitute a great burden, with several particular bacteria sustaining the leading role of multiple serious infections. This article addresses profound bacterial agents causing a wide array of infections including but not limited to pneumonia and meningitis. The epidemiology of such infectious diseases and the prevalence of Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae are reviewed in the context of bacterial meningitis. We address prevalent serotypes in Egypt, antimicrobial resistance patterns and efficacy of vaccines to emphasize the importance of periodic surveillance for appropriate preventive and treatment strategies.

  13. 新生儿细菌性脑膜炎的临床研究进展%Clinical research progress of neonatal bacterial meningitis

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    韦巧珍; 吕海生

    2014-01-01

    新生儿细菌性脑膜炎可引起严重的神经系统后遗症,且病死率高,不同的地区、不同的发病日龄其病原学特点不同.该病缺乏特异的临床表现,易导致诊断及治疗的延误,确诊需要腰穿了解脑脊液培养和生化参数情况,但脑脊液培养阳性率极低,生化参数在早期和经抗生素治疗后敏感性下降,反转录-PCR技术可以提高早期诊断的特异性和敏感性,但费用昂贵并受技术条件限制,因此临床医师需时刻警惕,对有可疑患儿需及时甚至反复进行腰椎穿刺检查.三代头孢类抗生素是革兰阴性杆菌的首选药物,革兰阳性球菌首选万古霉素,激素的应用仍不主张.因该病的神经系统后遗症发生率较高,治疗过程及时进行头颅影像学检查等方面是判断预后的重要手段.%Neonatal bacterial meningitis may lead to severe neurological sequelaes,with a high mortality rate.It shows different etiology characteristics in different regions and different days of age.The lack of specific clinical manifestations of the disease,easily lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment.Diagnosis needs to realize cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) culture and biochemical parameters by lumbar puncture,however,the rate of positive in CSF culture is extremely low,and the sensitivity in biochemical parameters in the early days and after treatment with antibiotics may be decreased.The reverse transcription-PCR technique may improve the early diagnosis of specificity and sensitivity,but which is expensive and restricted by technical conditions,therefore,clinicians should be alert to the suspicious children and to check in time even repeated lumbar puncture.The third generation of cephalosporins antibiotics are the choices for gram-negative bacilli,gram-positive coccus preferred vancomycin,hormone application is still not advocate.Because of greater incidence of neurological complications of bacterial meningitis in neonates,head imaging examination

  14. Clinical research progress of tuberculous meningitis

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    Zhan-yun MA

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous meningitis is an infectious disease of central nervous system caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It mainly invades into brain meninges and parenchyma, and may spread to the spinal cord and spinal meninges. The disability rate and mortality rate of this disease are very high. In recent years, incidence of tuberculosis increased significantly due to the increase of drug-resistant tuberculosis cases, population mobility, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS epidemic and other factors. Tuberculosis is still a worldwide serious threat to human life and health, especially in the underdeveloped and developing countries. China is the world's largest developing country with large population, so tuberculosis prevention and control is still a quite severe problem. In this paper, the clinical manifestations, diagnosis and differential diagnosis, treatment progress of tuberculous meningitis were reviewed systematically. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2014.08.004

  15. Predictive value of decoy receptor 3 in postoperative nosocomial bacterial meningitis.

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    Liu, Yong-Juan; Shao, Li-Hua; Wang, Qian; Zhang, Jian; Ma, Rui-Ping; Liu, Hai-Hong; Dong, Xiao-Meng; Ma, Li-Xian

    2014-11-03

    Nosocomial bacterial meningitis requires timely treatment, but what is difficult is the prompt and accurate diagnosis of this disease. The aim of this study was to assess the potential role of decoy receptor 3 (DcR3) levels in the differentiation of bacterial meningitis from non-bacterial meningitis. A total of 123 patients were recruited in this study, among them 80 patients being with bacterial meningitis and 43 patients with non-bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis was confirmed by bacterial culture of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) culture and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was used to detect the level of DcR3 in CSF. CSF levels of DcR3 were statistically significant between patients with bacterial meningitis and those with non-bacterial meningitis (pbacterial meningitis received antibiotic>24 h before CSF sampling, which was much higher than that of non-bacterial meningitis. CSF leucocyte count yielded the highest diagnostic value, with an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) of 0.928, followed by DcR3. At a critical value of 0.201 ng/mL for DcR3, the sensitivity and specificity were 78.75% and 81.40% respectively. DcR3 in CSF may be a valuable predictor for differentiating patients with bacterial meningitis from those with non-bacterial meningitis. Further studies are needed for the validation of this study.

  16. Meningococcal Meningitis

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    ... Fact files Questions & answers Features Multimedia Contacts Meningococcal meningitis Fact sheet N°141 Updated November 2015 Key facts Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial form of meningitis, a serious ...

  17. Dexamethasone in adults with community-acquired bacterial meningitis

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    D. van de Beek; J. de Gans

    2006-01-01

    Bacterial meningitis in adults is a severe disease with high fatality and morbidity rates. Experimental studies have shown that the inflammatory response in the subarachnoid space is associated with an unfavourable outcome. In these experiments, corticosteroids, and in particular dexamethasone, were

  18. Risk factors for community-acquired bacterial meningitis

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    Lundbo, Lene Fogt; Benfield, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    of these are pathogen-specific, while some are shared between different bacteria. METHODS: We searched the database PubMed to identify host risk factors for bacterial meningitis caused by the pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae type b, because they are three most common...

  19. Hydrocephalus in adults with community-acquired bacterial meningitis

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    E. Soemirien Kasanmoentalib; M.C. Brouwer; A. van der Ende; D. van de Beek

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the occurrence, treatment, and outcome of hydrocephalus complicating community-acquired bacterial meningitis in adults. Methods: Case series from a prospective nationwide cohort study from Dutch hospitals from 2006 to 2009. Results: Hydrocephalus was diagnosed in 26 of 577 epi

  20. Clinical and laboratorial characteristics of bacterial meningitis in children Características clínicas e laboratoriais de meningites bacterianas em crianças

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    Rita Lucena

    1996-12-01

    Full Text Available Data from the records of 528 children under 15 years old with diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis, admitted at the Hospital Couto Maia between 1990 and 1992 were analyzed. Bacterial meningitis was more frequent in children under the age of 1 year (37.8%. The most common etiologic agent was H. influenzae (42.2%. The global letality was 20.9%. Individual predictors of poor outcome were: absence of the "classic triad", CSF cell count under 1000 /mm³, age under 2 years, presence of seizures, depressed sensorium, and S. pneumoniae as causal agent.Foram analisados dados de prontuário de 528 crianças com faixa etária entre 1 mês e 15 anos e diagnóstico de meningite bacteriana aguda, admitidas no Hospital Couto Maia entre 1990 e 1992. Meningite bacteriana foi mais frequente em crianças com idade inferior a 1 ano (37,8%. O agente etiológico mais comum foi H. influenzae (42,2%. A letalidade global foi 20,9% e os fatores preditivos de pior prognóstico foram: ausência da "tríade clássica" (febre, vômitos e rigidez de nuca, celularidade do líquido cefalorraquidiano inferior a 1000 /mm³, idade inferior a 2 anos, presença de convulsões, alteração do nível de consciência e S. pneumoniae como agente causal.

  1. Clinical Presentation, Aetiology, and Outcomes of Meningitis in a Setting of High HIV and TB Prevalence

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    Keneuoe Hycianth Thinyane

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Meningitis causes significant morbidity and mortality globally. The aim of this study was to study the clinical presentation, aetiology, and outcomes of meningitis among adult patients admitted to Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital in Maseru, Lesotho, with a diagnosis of meningitis. A cross-sectional study was conducted between February and April 2014; data collected included presenting signs and symptoms, laboratory results, and clinical outcomes. Descriptive statistics were used to summarise data; association between variables was analysed using Fisher’s exact test. 56 patients were enrolled; the HIV coinfection rate was 79%. The most common presenting symptoms were altered mental status, neck stiffness, headache, and fever. TB meningitis was the most frequent diagnosis (39%, followed by bacterial (27%, viral (18%, and cryptococcal meningitis (16%. In-hospital mortality was 43% with case fatalities of 23%, 40%, 44%, and 90% for TB, bacterial, cryptococcal, and viral meningitis, respectively. Severe renal impairment was significantly associated with mortality. In conclusion, the causes of meningitis in this study reflect the high prevalence of HIV and TB in our setting. Strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality due to meningitis should include improving diagnostic services to facilitate early detection and treatment of meningitis and timely initiation of antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected patients.

  2. Bacterial meningitis after radiofrequency diathermy for adenoid hypertrophy.

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    Nagasaki, Azusa; Sato, Atsuo; Shiro, Hiroyuki

    2014-06-01

    A 6-year-old otherwise healthy girl who underwent radiofrequency diathermy for adenoid hypertrophy presented with fever on the same day and was diagnosed as having bacterial meningitis 2 days later. Culture of cerebrospinal fluid indicated that the pathogens were penicillin-sensitive Streptococcus pneumoniae and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. The serotype of the causative pneumococcus, 11A, was not covered by the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine the patient had been inoculated with. Although not previously reported, radiofrequency diathermy for adenoid hypertrophy can be considered a risk factor for bacteremia and meningitis.

  3. Dexamethasone Therapy for Bacterial Meningitis: Better Never Than Late?

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    Susan M King

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available A multicentre randomized controlled trial was conducted in children with bacterial meningitis using dexamethasone or placebo for four days within 24 h of starting antibiotics. Primary outcomes were hearing loss and neurological abnormalities at 12 months after meningitis. The dexamethasone (n=50 and placebo (n=51 groups were similar in age, severity of illness and etiological agent. Hearing loss occurred in 10% and 11% of the dexamethasone and placebo groups and neurological deficits occurred in 20% and 18% of patients, respectively. Duodenal perforation occurred in one dexamethasone-treated child. In conclusion, there was no significant benefit in those receiving dexamethasone. The lack of benefit may have been due to the delay in administration of dexamethasone (median delay of 11 h after antibiotics. Therefore, if dexamethasone is used for meningitis it should be given immediately with the antibiotic.

  4. Repeat Lumbar Puncture: CSF Lactic Acid Levels are Predictive of Cure with Acute Bacterial Meningitis

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    Burke A. Cunha

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available A common clinical problem concerns the utility of repeat lumbar puncture (LP in adults with acute bacterial meningitis (ABM, e.g., pneumococcal meningitis [1]. An LP is initially done for diagnostic purposes in patients with suspected ABM, i.e., diagnostic lumbar puncture (DLP. A repeat LP (RLP may be done 1–3 days after the initial DLP, if the patient shows no improvement. If a patient with ABM is not doing well after three days, adequacy of antimicrobial therapy is the main concern. Other reasons for RLP is to detect possible intracranial complications of ABM unrelated to adequacy of therapy [1–2].

  5. Clinical Features and Risk Factors of Hydrocephalus in Children with Bacterial Meningitis%细菌性脑膜炎并脑积水的临床特点及危险因素

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    刘敏; 庞玉生; 石靖

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical characteristics and correlated risk factors of hydrocephalus secondary to bacterial meningitis in children,in order to reduce its incidence and improve the outcome of hacterial meningitis. Methods The study was retrospectively performed on 111 patients at the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University, from Jan. 2004 to Jun. 2010,with the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. All cases were divided into bacterial meningitis with hydrocephalus group and without hydrocephalus group according to neu-roimaging findings. The clinical and laboratory data of patients with and without hydroce phalus were analyzed and compared by SPSS 17.0 software. Results Hydrocephalus patients accounted for 14.4% (16/111 cases) of bacterial meningitis cases. A total of 75% (12/16 cases) hydrocephalus manifested itself within 4 weeks following the disease's onset. Fourteen cases (14/16 cases,87. 5%) were obstructive hydrocephalus. One to three times repeated CT/MRI were performed when hydrocephalus was diagnosed. Two cases with hydrocephalus required ventriculoperitoneal shunt al 2 months after bacterial meningitis was onset. Two patients with hydrocephalus were died. There were significant differences between the both groups at admission included young age,prolonged fever > 10 d,the presence of seizures,impaired consciousness, empirical treatment failure, cerebral infarction,low haemoglobin level,high cerebrospinal fluid(CSF) protein level and low CSF glucose level. The Logistic regression analysis showed that impaired consciousness,empirical treatment failure and low haemoglobin level were independent risk factors of hydrocephalus secondary to bacterial meningitis. Conclusions Hydrocephalus was one of the severe sequelaes of bacterial meningitis. Certain clinical parameters and laboratory findings in blood and CSF at the lime of admission can be used as predictors for hydrocephalus in bacterial meningitis.%目的 探讨细菌性脑膜炎并

  6. Focal parenchymal lesions in community-acquired bacterial meningitis in adults: a clinico-radiological study

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    Katchanov, Juri [Campus Charite Mitte, Charite, Department of Neurology, Berlin (Germany); University Hospital Charite, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Department of Neurology, Berlin (Germany); Siebert, Eberhard; Klingebiel, Randolf [Campus Charite Mitte, Charite, Department of Neuroradiology, Berlin (Germany); Endres, Matthias [Campus Charite Mitte, Charite, Department of Neurology, Berlin (Germany); Charite-Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Center for Stroke Research Berlin, Berlin (Germany)

    2009-11-15

    Here, we analyzed the frequency, morphological pattern, and imaging characteristics of focal lesions as a consequence of community-acquired bacterial meningitis. We hypothesized that diffusion-weighted imaging combined with contrast-enhanced imaging, serial scanning, and multimodal vascular studies would provide further insight into the pathological basis of such parenchymal lesions in bacterial meningitis. We reviewed clinical and imaging data (i.e., magnetic resonance tomography, magnetic resonance angiography, computed tomography angiography, digital subtraction angiography) of 68 adult patients admitted to our neurological intensive care unit between March 1998 and February 2009 with the diagnosis of community-acquired bacterial meningitis. We identified seven patients with parenchymal lesions. These lesions could be attributed to four morphological patterns: (1) territorial cerebral ischemia, (2) perforating vessels ischemia, (3) ischemia of presumed cardiac origin, and (4) isolated cortical lesions. Whereas the patterns (1) and (2) were associated with vasculopathy of large- and medium-sized vessels (as shown by cerebral vascular imaging), vessel imaging in (3) and (4) did not show abnormal findings. Our study implies that parenchymal lesions in acute bacterial meningitis are mainly ischemic and due to involvement of large-, medium-, and small-sized arteries of the brain. Diffusion-weighted imaging combined with conventional, CT-, or MR-based cerebral angiography revealed the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms in the majority of patients. Furthermore, we detected two patients with isolated bilateral cortical involvement and normal vessel imaging. These lesions might represent ischemia due to the involvement of small pial and intracortical arteries. (orig.)

  7. Diffusion-weighted imaging in acute bacterial meningitis in infancy

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    Jan, W.; Zimmerman, R.A.; Bilaniuk, L.T.; Hunter, J.V.; Simon, E.M.; Haselgrove, J. [Department of Radiology, Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, PA 19104, Philadelphia (United States)

    2003-09-01

    Bacterial meningitis is frequently fatal or leads to severe neurological impairment. Complications such as vasculitis, resulting in infarcts, should be anticipated and dealt with promptly. Our aim was to demonstrate the complications of meningitis by diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) in patients who deteriorated despite therapy. We studied 13 infants between the ages of 1 day and 32 months who presented with symptoms ranging from fever and vomiting to seizures, encephalopathy and coma due to bacterial meningitis, performing MRI, including DWI, 2-5 days after presentation. Multiple infarcts were found on DWI in 12 of the 13, most commonly in the frontal lobes (in 10). Global involvement was seen in four children, three of whom died; the fourth had a very poor outcome. In one case abnormalities on DWI were due to subdural empyemas. We diagnosed vasculitis in three of five patients studied with MRA. We think DWI an important part of an MRI study in infants with meningitis. Small cortical or deep white-matter infarcts due to septic vasculitis can lead to tissue damage not easily recognized on routine imaging and DWI can be used to confirm that extra-axial collections represent empyemas. (orig.)

  8. LTA4H genotype is associated with susceptibility to bacterial meningitis but is not a critical determinant of outcome.

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    Sarah J Dunstan

    Full Text Available Adjunctive dexamethasone saves lives in the treatment of tuberculous meningitis but this response is influenced by the patient's LTA4H genotype. Despite less certain benefit, adjunctive dexamethasone is also frequently used in the treatment of pyogenic bacterial meningitis, but the influence of LTA4H genotype on outcomes has not been previously investigated. We genotyped the LTA4H promoter region SNP (rs17525495 in 390 bacterial meningitis patients and 751 population controls. rs17525495 was associated with susceptibility to bacteriologically confirmed bacterial meningitis (P = 0.01, OR 1.27 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.05-1.54 but did not influence clinical presentation, disease severity or survival following dexamethasone treatment.

  9. Diagnostic value of latex agglutination test in diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis

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    Syeda Fasiha Mohammadi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To know the incidence of bacterial meningitis in children below five years of age. To compare conventional culture and antigen detection methods ( Latex agglutination test. Materials and Methods: 100 CSF samples of clinically suspected meningitis cases in children below 5 years of age were included. The samples were subjected to cell count, Gram stain, culture and LAT. The organisms isolated in the study were characterized according to standard procedures. Results: Of the 100 cases studied, 31 cases were diagnosed as ABM by Gram stain, culture and latex agglutination test as per WHO criteria. The hospital frequency of ABM was 1.7%. 15 (48.38 cases were culture positive. Gram stain was positive in 22(70.96 cases and LAT in 17(54.83 cases. Haemophilus influenzae was the most common causative agent of acute bacterial meningitis followed by S.pneumoniae. Case fatality rate was 45.16%.The sensitivity and specificity of LAT was 66.66% and 87.91% respectively. Conclusion : Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency and early diagnosis and treatment is life saving and reduces chronic morbidity. LAT was more sensitive compared to conventional Gram stain and Culture technique in identifying the fastidious organisms like H.influenzae, S.pneumoniae and Group B Streptococcus. However, the combination of Gram stain, Culture and LAT proved to be more productive than any of the single tests alone.

  10. Clinical importance of the middle meningeal artery.

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    Chmielewski, Przemyslaw; Skrzat, Janusz; Walocha, Jerzy

    2013-01-01

    Middle meningeal artery (MMA)is an important branch which supplies among others cranial dura mater. It directly attaches to the cranial bones (is incorporated into periosteal layer of dura mater), favors common injuries in course of head trauma. This review describes available data on the MMA considering its varability, or treats specific diseases or injuries where the course of MMA may have clinical impact.

  11. Discriminant analysis on clinical characteristics of Japanese encephalitis and bacterial meningitis%乙型脑炎与细菌性脑膜炎临床指征判别分析

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    朱宇佳; 覃琼芬; 许超宇; 邓星超; 谢艺红; 吴兴华

    2011-01-01

    目的 分析乙型脑炎与细菌性脑膜炎病例实验室诊断与临床指征的特征,为提高疾病监测质量提供依据.方法 在广西贵港市进行症候群监测,捕获乙型脑炎、细菌性脑膜炎实验室确诊病例,进行临床体征、实验室常规监测等19项指标的单因素分析和判别分析.结果 监测疑似病例535例,捕获实验室确诊乙型脑炎38例和细菌性脑膜炎23例;判别分析结果显示,乙型脑炎预测符合率为84.21%(32/38),细菌性脑膜炎预测符合率为60.87%(14/23),总体预测符合率为75.41%(46/61);抽搐、脑脊液外观改变、脑脊液蛋白升高和葡萄糖减低等是细菌性脑膜炎的特征性临床指征,乙型脑炎则以抽搐为特异性临床指征;血常规白细胞计数和中性粒细胞比例等无明显诊断价值.结论 急性脑炎脑膜炎症候群的临床诊断准确率不高,存在一定程度漏报.%Objective To analyze clinical characteristics of bacterial meningitis and Japanese encephalitis(JE) for promoting the quality of the disease surveillance. Methods A surveillance system was established to capture the confirmed cases. Single factor analysis and discriminant analysis were conducted for 19 related indexes. Results A total of 535 suspected cases were evaluated in the surveillance, among which 38 and 23 cases were confirmed for JE and bacterial meningitis. Discriminant analyses yielded a JE confirrnation rate of 84. 21% ( 32/38 ) and a bacterial meningitis confirmation rate of 60. 87% ( 14/23 ) with a total validation accuracy rate of 75.41%. Convulsion, change of cerebrospinal fluid appearance, elevated cerebrospinal fluid protein, and glucose reduction were clinical indicators of bacterial meningitis. Blood leukocyte count and neutrophil ratio in peripheral blood were of no significant diagnostic value. Conclusion The clinical diagnostic accuracy was not high and there were unreported cases for acute encephalitis syndrome and meningitis.

  12. Epidemiology and Risk Factors Associated with Developing Bacterial Meningitis among Children in Gaza Strip.

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    Abdel Moat Al Jarousha

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Bacterial meningitis is still the leading cause of high morbidity and mortality among the children. The present study was conducted to determine the epidemiology, clinical characteristics of bacterial meningitis and to evaluate the risk factors associated with developing the infection.This cross sectional study was conducted in three hospitals of Gaza strip -Palestine during the period 2009. All the children with clinical diagnosis of meningitis /meningoencephalitis admitted to these hospitals were included in the study. They were subjected to clinical examination as well as CSF bacteriological and serological investigations.During the period (2009, 1853 patients were admitted to the hospitals with suspect of meningitis by pediatricians, 73 (3.9% proved by culture to be acute bacterial meningitis, of these patients 62% were males and 38% were females. The common isolated pathogens were Neisseria meningitides (47.9%, Streptococcus pneumonia (15.1%, Haemophilus influenza (13.7%, E. coli (11.0%, Enterobacter spp. (6.8%, Citrobacter spp. (2.7%, Providencia spp. (1.4%, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (1.4%. The common recorded symptoms were fever (78%, neck stiffness (47%, vomiting (37%, poor feeding (19%, and irritability (16%. Statistical analysis showed that there was statistical significance associated developing of infection with malnutrition (low hemoglobin level, high house crowdness and irritability (P-value <0.05. The ANOVA statistical analysis showed that S. pneumonia has an impact on developing low hemoglobin level and leukocytosis.N. meningitides is still dominant and needs vaccination. The risk factors should be taken into consideration in any future plan.

  13. Predictive Value of Decoy Receptor 3 in Postoperative Nosocomial Bacterial Meningitis

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    Yong-Juan Liu

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Nosocomial bacterial meningitis requires timely treatment, but what is difficult is the prompt and accurate diagnosis of this disease. The aim of this study was to assess the potential role of decoy receptor 3 (DcR3 levels in the differentiation of bacterial meningitis from non-bacterial meningitis. A total of 123 patients were recruited in this study, among them 80 patients being with bacterial meningitis and 43 patients with non-bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis was confirmed by bacterial culture of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF culture and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA was used to detect the level of DcR3 in CSF. CSF levels of DcR3 were statistically significant between patients with bacterial meningitis and those with non-bacterial meningitis (p < 0.001. A total of 48.75% of patients with bacterial meningitis received antibiotic >24 h before CSF sampling, which was much higher than that of non-bacterial meningitis. CSF leucocyte count yielded the highest diagnostic value, with an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC of 0.928, followed by DcR3. At a critical value of 0.201 ng/mL for DcR3, the sensitivity and specificity were 78.75% and 81.40% respectively. DcR3 in CSF may be a valuable predictor for differentiating patients with bacterial meningitis from those with non-bacterial meningitis. Further studies are needed for the validation of this study.

  14. Prospective randomized comparison of cefepime and cefotaxime for treatment of bacterial meningitis in infants and children.

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    Sáez-Llorens, X; Castaño, E; García, R; Báez, C; Pérez, M; Tejeira, F; McCracken, G H

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    Ninety infants and children were prospectively randomized to receive cefepime (n = 43) or cefotaxime (n = 47) for therapy of bacterial meningitis. The two treatment groups were comparable in terms of age, duration of illness before enrollment, history of seizures, clinical status on admission, and etiology. Six (7%) patients died--two treated with cefepime and four treated with cefotaxime. Clinical response, cerebrospinal fluid sterilization, development of complications, antibiotic toxicity, and hospital stay were similar for the two treatment regimens. Concentrations of cefepime in cerebrospinal fluid varied from 55 to 95 times greater than the maximal MIC required by the causative pathogens. Audiologic and/or neurologic sequelae were found in 16% of the cefepime-treated patients and 15% of the cefotaxime-treated patients examined 2 to 6 months after discharge. We conclude that cefepime is safe and therapeutically equivalent to cefotaxime for management of bacterial meningitis in infants and children.

  15. 新生儿细菌性脑膜炎99例临床特点分析%Clinical Characteristics of Neonatal Bacterial Meningitis:An Analysis of 99 Cases

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    曾丽春; 何玲; 陈丽萍

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    目的:研究新生儿细菌性脑膜炎的发病人群、临床表现、实验室检查及转归的特点。方法采用回顾性分析法分析99例确诊为新生儿细菌性脑膜炎患儿的临床病历资料,对其临床表现、实验室检查结果、头颅影像学检查情况及临床转归进行分析。结果99例患儿中,<7 d 发病占29.29%,农村患儿占62.63%,早产儿占17.17%;临床表现为反应差的患儿占82.83%,体温大于38.5℃占67.68%,肌张力改变占44.44%,惊厥占29.29%,原始反射减弱占40.40%。初次外周血感染指标检查结果和脑脊液(CSF)检查阳性率均不高,其中外周血 C-反应蛋白(CRP)异常率稍高于外周血白细胞计数异常率,但差异无统计学意义(45.46%比38.38%,P >0.05);外周血降钙素原(PCT)与 CRP 异常率有明显差异(70.00%比50.50%,P <0.05)。从血液和 CSF 培养出的各种致病菌中, G-菌稍多于 G+菌,血培养阳性率为26.26%,G-菌占53.85%,其中10例(38.46%)为多重耐药菌。脑脊液培养阳性率为11.11%,G-菌占54.55%,其中5例(45.45%)为多重耐药菌。80例患儿行头颅 CT 或 MRI 检查,异常头颅 CT 及 MRI 患儿占28.75%(23/80)。结论新生儿细菌性脑膜炎的临床表现无特异性,早期诊断较困难。对该病的早期诊断依赖于临床 PCT、CRP、血培养以及脑脊液等多项检验的联合判定。%ABSTRACT:Objective To study the onset population,clinical manifestations,laboratory tests and outcomes of neonatal bacterial meningitis.Methods Clinical data of 99 newborns with bacte-rial meningitis were analyzed retrospectively.Clinical manifestations,laboratory examinations, cranial imaging findings and clinical outcomes were analyzed.Results Among the 99 newborns, 29.29% had bacterial meningitis within 7 days after birth,62.63% came from

  16. [Autochthonous acute viral and bacterial infections of the central nervous system (meningitis and encephalitis)].

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    Pérez-Ruiz, Mercedes; Vicente, Diego; Navarro-Marí, José María

    2008-07-01

    Rapid diagnosis of acute viral and bacterial infections of the central nervous system (meningitis and encephalitis) is highly important for the clinical management of the patient and helps to establish early therapy that may solve life-threatening situations, to avoid unnecessary empirical treatments, to reduce hospital stay, and to facilitate appropriate interventions in the context of public health. Molecular techniques, especially real-time polymerase chain reaction, have become the fastest and most sensitive diagnostic procedures for autochthonous viral meningitis and encephalitis, and their role is becoming increasingly important for the diagnosis and control of most frequent acute bacterial meningitides. Automatic and closed systems may encourage the widespread and systematic use of molecular techniques for the diagnosis of these neurological syndromes in most laboratories.

  17. Brillouin spectroscopy as a new method of screening for increased CSF total protein during bacterial meningitis.

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    Steelman, Zachary; Meng, Zhaokai; Traverso, Andrew J; Yakovlev, Vladislav V

    2015-05-01

    Bacterial meningitis is a disease of pronounced clinical significance, especially in the developing world. Immediate treatment with antibiotics is essential, and no single test can provide a conclusive diagnosis. It is well established that elevated total protein in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is associated with bacterial meningitis. Brillouin spectroscopy is a widely used optical technique for noninvasive determination of the elastic moduli of materials. We found that elevated protein levels in CSF alter the fluid elasticity sufficiently to be measurable by Brillouin spectroscopy, with model healthy and diseased fluids distinguishable to marked significance (P = 0.014), which increases with sample concentration by dialysis. Typical raw output of a 2-stage VIPA Brillouin spectrometer: inelastically scattered Brillouin peaks (arrows) and elastically scattered incident radiation (center cross).

  18. Clinical features and imaging examination analysis of bacterial meningitis in children%儿童细菌性脑膜炎临床特征和影像学分析

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    高媛媛; 杨思达; 刘鸿圣; 郑可鲁; 李小晶; 陈文雄; 麦坚凝

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    目的:探讨不同年龄阶段细菌性脑膜炎患儿临床特征的变化和影像学改变,为临床诊断提供依据。方法以广州市妇女儿童医疗中心2011年1月至2013年6月收治的89例细菌性脑膜炎患儿为研究对象,其中男58例,女31例。足月新生儿组34例、婴儿组41例、1岁以上年龄组14例。比较3组间的临床特征、辅助检查结果和影像学异常特点及差异。结果1.非特异性表现:54例有高热,44例有呼吸道症状,12例有消化道症状。1岁以上年龄组高热的发生率显著高于新生儿组和婴儿组(χ2=10.093,P0.05)。40例脑脊液改变不典型的患儿中,脑脊液葡萄糖/血清葡萄糖比值≤0.4的23例和血细菌培养阳性的15例。4.影像学结果:头颅MRI检查75例,51例异常。头颅CT检查30例,15例异常。婴儿组头颅CT/MRI总异常率、头颅MRI的异常率和头颅MRI呈现脑膜炎改变的比例均较新生儿组、1岁以上年龄组高,差异均有统计学意义(χ2=11.768、9.047、7.674,P均<0.05)。头颅MRI显示脑膜炎、硬膜下积液的异常率显著高于头颅CT,差异有统计学意义(χ2=7.430、5.291,P均<0.05)。结论新生儿和婴儿细菌性脑膜炎临床表现不典型,宜早实施腰椎穿刺检查。脑脊液改变不典型时,脑脊液/血清糖比值≤0.4、头颅MRI序列检查和血细菌培养三者之间,两两联合对识别细菌感染较为重要。头颅MRI序列识别患儿脑膜病变明显优于CT。%Objective To investigate the clinical features and the imaging examination changes of bacterial meningitis in children of different age groups,and to offer theoretical basis for the clinic diagnosis of bacterial meningi-tis. Methods The sick children with bacterial meningitis treated in Guangzhou Women and Children′s Medical Center from January 2011 to June 2013,were recruited and divided into three groups according to the age,including newborns group,infants group and more than 1 year group

  19. Dependency of cerebral blood flow upon mean arterial pressure in patients with acute bacterial meningitis

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    Møller, Kirsten; Larsen, Fin Stolze; Qvist, Jesper;

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    OBJECTIVE: Patients with acute bacterial meningitis are often treated with sympathomimetics to maintain an adequate mean arterial pressure (MAP). We studied the influence of such therapy on cerebral blood flow (CBF). DESIGN: Prospective physiologic trial. SETTING: The Department of Infectious...... Diseases, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. PATIENTS: Sixteen adult patients with acute bacterial meningitis. INTERVENTION: Infusion of norepinephrine to increase MAP. MEASUREMENTS: During a rise in MAP induced by norepinephrine infusion, we measured relative changes in CBF by transcranial Doppler...... bacterial meningitis, CBF autoregulation is impaired. With recovery from meningitis, the cerebral vasculature regains the ability to maintain cerebral perfusion at a constant level despite variations in MAP....

  20. A randomised comparison of meropenem with cefotaxime or ceftriaxone for the treatment of bacterial meningitis in adults. Meropenem Meningitis Study Group.

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    Schmutzhard, E; Williams, K J; Vukmirovits, G; Chmelik, V; Pfausler, B; Featherstone, A

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    Third-generation cephalosporins are presently the agents of choice for the empirical antimicrobial therapy of bacterial meningitis. However, a number of factors associated with these agents, namely the development of resistance by pneumococci, limited activity against some Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas spp., and the possible adverse effects of their bacteriolytic mode of action, indicate that newer classes of antimicrobial agents be evaluated for the treatment of bacterial meningitis. Meropenem is a carbapenem antibiotic which is highly active against the major bacterial pathogens causing meningitis, and penetrates well into the cerebrospinal fluid. Two prospective randomised studies in 56 adult bacterial meningitis patients have compared meropenem 40 mg/kg 8-hourly, up to a maximum of 6 g/day (n = 28) with cephalosporin treatment, i.e. cefotaxime (n = 17) or ceftriaxone (n = 11). Patients were assessed by neurological examination, Glasgow Coma Score and Herson-Todd score. Clinical cure was observed in all 23 evaluable patients treated with meropenem (100%) and with 17 of the 22 evaluable cephalosporin-treated patients (77%). All pre-treatment isolates were eradicated except one isolate of Staphylococcus aureus in a cefotaxime-treated patient. Neurological sequelae were noted in three meropenem and four cephalosporin-treated patients. No patients in either treatment group experienced seizures after the start of therapy. This was despite the fact that a patient in each group had experienced seizures before therapy, several had underlying CNS disorders, and that doses of 6 g/day of meropenem were given. Hearing impairment was recorded in 11 meropenem and nine cephalosporin treated patients. Three patients in the meropenem group and one in the cephalosporin group died during treatment for reasons unrelated to study therapy. Overall, the results of this study indicate that meropenem is an effective and well-tolerated antibiotic for the treatment of bacterial

  1. Educational achievement and economic self-sufficiency in adults after childhood bacterial meningitis

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    Roed-Petersen, Casper; Omland, Lars Haukali; Skinhoj, Peter;

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    To our knowledge, no previous study has examined functioning in adult life among persons who had bacterial meningitis in childhood.......To our knowledge, no previous study has examined functioning in adult life among persons who had bacterial meningitis in childhood....

  2. Intrathecal production of interleukin-12 and gamma-interferon in patients with bacterial meningitis

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    Kornelisse, R.F.; Hack, C.E.; Savelkoul, H.F.J.; Pouw-Kraan, van der T.C.T.M.; Hop, W.C.J.; Mierlo, van G.; Suur, M.H.; Neijens, H.J.; Groot, de R.

    1997-01-01

    To assess the role of interleukin-12 (IL-12) and gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) in children with bacterial meningitis, bioactive IL-12 (p70) and the inactive subunit p40 and IFN-gamma were measured in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from 35 children with bacterial meningitis and 10 control subject

  3. The risk of acquiring bacterial meningitis following surgery in Denmark, 1996-2009

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    Howitz, M F; Homøe, P

    2014-01-01

    SUMMARY: This paper estimates the risk of bacterial meningitis following surgery between 1996 and 2009 in Denmark. We conducted two retrospective nationwide cohort studies; first by linking notified bacterial meningitis cases to the National Patient Registry to see how many had undergone a surgical...... procedure; second, we scrutinized notified bacterial meningitis cases to see if the clinician suspected a surgical procedure to be the aetiology. We found that ear, nose and throat surgery had an 11-fold, and neurosurgery a sevenfold, increased risk compared to the reference group in the first 10 days...... following surgery. Streptococcus pneumoniae was the pathogen most often involved. Operation procedures involving penetration of dura mater was associated with increased risk for post-operative bacterial meningitis. In absolute numbers we found few bacterial meningitis cases after surgery; however, patients...

  4. Laboratorial diagnosis of lymphocytic meningitis

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    Sérgio Monteiro de Almeida

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Meningitis is the main infectious central nervous system (CNS syndrome. Viruses or bacteria can cause acute meningitis of infectious etiology. The term "Aseptic Meningitis" denotes a clinical syndrome with a predominance of lymphocytes in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF, with no common bacterial agents identified in the CSF. Viral meningitis is considered the main cause of lymphocyte meningitis. There are other etiologies of an infectious nature. CSF examination is essential to establish the diagnosis and to identify the etiological agent of lymphocytic meningitis. We examined CSF characteristics and the differential diagnosis of the main types of meningitis.

  5. [Childhood bacterial meningitis trends in Japan from 2009 to 2010].

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    Shinjoh, Masayoshi; Iwata, Satoshi; Sato, Yoshitake; Akita, Hironobu; Sunakawa, Keisuke

    2012-09-01

    We conducted a pediatric survey of bacterial meningitis epidemiology from January 2009 to December 2010 in Japan, and obtained the following results for 314 cases (186 boys, 124 girls, and 4 with gender not reported). Children younger than one year old accounted for the majority of cases (51.2%, 161/314), and the incidence decreased with increasing age. Haemophilus influenzae (in children aged 1 month to 5 years old) was the most common cause of infection (53.2%), followed by Streptococcus pneumoniae (1 month to 12 years, 24.2%), Streptococcus agalactiae (0-4 months, 7.6%), and Escherichia coli (0-3 months, 3.2%). Susceptibility tests showed that 50.1% (78/153) of the H. influenzae isolates and 63.0% (46/73) of the S. pneumoniae isolates were drug-resistant. Combinations of ampicillin and cephem or carbapenem and other beta-lactams were mainly used as the initial antibiotics for patients under 4 months of age (77.8%, 42/54), and a carbapenem and other beta-lactam combination was used for patients aged 4 months and older (76.4%, 198/259). The final antibiotics for H. influenzae and S. pneumoniae were mainly cefotaxime (CTX) or ceftriaxone (CTRX) and carbapenem, respectively. The overall fatality rate was 2.0% (6/305). Since the Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (Hib vaccine) and the 7 valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) are not widely used in Japan, only 5 patients in our cohort (all with meningitis not caused by H. influenzae) had been immunized with the Hib vaccine, and none had been immunized with the PCV7 vaccine. No remarkable changes in the characteristics of pediatric meningitis have been observed for several years in Japan.

  6. Nasal lymphatics as a novel invasion and dissemination route of bacterial meningitis.

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    Filippidis, Aristotelis; Fountas, Kostas N

    2009-06-01

    Bacterial meningitis constitutes an infectious disease with high morbidity and mortality, characterized by complex pathophysiology. Neisseria meningitis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae type b and other pathogens are capable of invading the CNS and infecting the meninges due to the incorporation of virulence factors. The pathophysiologic theories concerning the route of infection in bacterial meningitis consider a general cascade of events involving nasopharyngeal or middle ear colonization, pathogen bloodstream dissemination, blood-brain and blood-cerebrospinal fluid barriers crossing, and finally entrance of the implicated pathogen into the subarachnoid space, survival and subsequent infection. However, these theories cannot adequately explain the high percentage of negative blood cultures especially in cases of neonatal meningitis. Also, they cannot address with certainty the pathogens' entry site in to the cerebrospinal fluid, since the presence of barriers could act against bacterial infection of the meninges. In addition, experimental models of S. pneumoniae meningitis indicate that the route of infection may be independent of bacteraemia. The documented direct communication between the nasal lymphatics and the subarachnoid space could provide a hypothesis explaining the pathophysiologic mechanisms of meningeal infection and overcoming all the limitations of the current theories. It could also explain the presence of negative blood cultures while meningeal inflammation is present. Furthermore, it could also interpret the occasional fulminating evolution of bacterial meningitis since intense host defenses and central nervous system barriers could be bypassed. In our current communication we examine the role of the nasal lymphatic pathway in the development of meningitis. It is apparent that better understanding of the infection and dissemination route for bacterial meningitis can provide the opportunity for a more effective treatment.

  7. Influence of the blood bacterial load on the meningeal inflammatory response in Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis

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    Østergaard, C; O´Reilly, T; Brandt, C;

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Despite bacteraemia is present in the majority of patients with pneumococcal, little is known about the influence of the systemic infection on the meningeal inflammatory response. METHODS: To explore the role of systemic infection on the meningeal inflammation, experimental meningitis...

  8. Factors influencing neurological outcome of children with bacterial meningitis at the emergency department.

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    Bargui, Fatiha; D'Agostino, Irene; Mariani-Kurkdjian, Patricia; Alberti, Corinne; Doit, Catherine; Bellier, Nathalie; Morin, Laurence; Galli Gibertini, Giuliano; Smail, Assia; Zanin, Anna; Lorrot, Mathie; Dauger, Stéphane; Neve, Mathieu; Faye, Albert; Armoogum, Priscilla; Bourrillon, Antoine; Bingen, Edouard; Mercier, Jean-Christophe; Bonacorsi, Stéphane; Nigrovic, Lise E; Titomanlio, Luigi

    2012-09-01

    We performed a cohort study of children who survived bacterial meningitis after the neonatal period at a single pediatric center in France over a 10-year period (1995-2004) to identify predictors of death and long-term neurological deficits in children with bacterial meningitis. We performed multivariate regression to determine independent predictors of death and neurologic deficits. We identified 101 children with bacterial meningitis of which 19 died during initial hospitalization. Need for mechanical ventilation [hazard ratio (HR) 11.5, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 2.4-55.5)] and thrombocytopenia defined as a platelet count highest risk.

  9. [Laboratory diagnosis of bacterial meningitis: usefulness of various tests for the determination of the etiological agent].

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    Carbonnelle, E

    2009-01-01

    Despite breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, meningitis still remains an important cause of mortality and morbidity. An accurate and rapid diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis is essential for a good outcome. The gold-standard test for diagnosis is CSF analysis. Gram staining of CSF reveals bacteria in about 50 to 80 % of cases and cultures are positive in at best 80 % of cases. However, the sensitivity of both tests is less than 50 % in patients who are already on antibiotic treatment. CSF leukocyte count and concentration of protein and glucose lack specificity and sensitivity for the diagnosis of meningitis. Other biological tests are available for the diagnosis. Latex agglutination test were adapted for rapid and direct detection of soluble bacterial antigens in CSF of patients suspected with bacterial meningitis. This test is efficient in detecting antigens of most common central nervous system bateria but lacks sensibility. Furthermore, in the early phases of acute bacterial and viral meningitis, signs and symptoms are often non specific and it is not always possible to make a differential diagnosis. Markers like CRP, procalcitonin, or sTREM-1 may be very useful for the diagnosis and to differentiate between viral and bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis diagnosis and management require various biological tests and a multidisciplinary approach.

  10. A Fuzzy Expert System for Distinguishing between Bacterial and Aseptic Meningitis

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    Mostafa Langarizadeh

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    Data were extracted from 106 records of patients with meningitis (42 cases with bacterial meningitis in order to evaluate the proposed system. The system accuracy, specificity, and sensitivity were 89%, 92 %, and 97%, respectively. The area under the ROC curve was 0.93, and Kappa test revealed a good level of agreement (k=0.84, P

  11. Bacterial Invasion of the Inner Ear in Association With Pneumococcal Meningitis

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    Møller, Martin Nue; Brandt, Christian; Østergaard, Christian

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To examine the pathways of bacterial invasion and subsequent spreading in the inner ear during pneumococcal meningitis. STUDY DESIGN: A well-established adult rat model of Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis was used. METHODS: Thirty rats were inoculated intrathecally with S. pneumoniae...

  12. Cochlear ossification in patients with profound hearing loss following bacterial meningitis

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    Caye-Thomasen, Per; Dam, Mikkel Seidelin; Omland, Silje Haukali;

    2012-01-01

    Cochlear ossification following bacterial meningitis is related to causative pathogen, but not age at disease or time point of evaluation. However, progression may occur over time, especially in case of primary signs of ossification.......Cochlear ossification following bacterial meningitis is related to causative pathogen, but not age at disease or time point of evaluation. However, progression may occur over time, especially in case of primary signs of ossification....

  13. Clinical and microbiological features of cryptococcal meningitis

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    Lucia Kioko Hasimoto e Souza

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction In this study, the clinical features, underlying diseases and clinical outcomes of patients with cryptococcosis were investigated. In addition, a molecular analysis of the Cryptococcus neoformans species complex isolated from these patients was performed. Methods A prospective study of 62 cases of patients with cryptococcal infection was conducted at the Hospital de Doenças Tropicais de Goiás Dr. Anuar Auad from 2009-2010. Cryptococcal meningitis cases were diagnosed by direct examination and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF sample culture. The profiling of these patients was assessed. The CSF samples were submitted to India ink preparation and cultured on Sabouraud dextrose agar, and C. neoformans was identified by the production of urease, a positive phenoloxidase test and assimilation of carbohydrates. C. neoformans and C. gattii isolates were distinguished by growth on L-canavanine-glycine-bromothymol blue medium, and molecular analysis was conducted via PCR fingerprinting reactions using M13 and (GACA4 primers. Results From the 62 patients with cryptococcosis, 71 isolates of CSF were obtained; 67 (94.4% isolates were identified as C. neoformans var. grubii/VNI, and 4 (5.6% were identified as C. gattii/VGII. Of these patients, 53 had an HIV diagnosis. The incidence of cryptococcosis was higher among patients 20-40 years of age, with 74.2% of the cases reported in males. Cryptococcus-related mortality was noted in 48.4% of the patients, and the symptoms were altered sensorium, headache, fever and stiff neck. Conclusions The high morbidity and mortality observed among patients with cryptococcosis demonstrate the importance of obtaining information regarding the epidemiological profile and clinical course of the disease in the State of Goiás, Brazil.

  14. High mortality amongst adolescents and adults with bacterial meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa: an analysis of 715 cases from Malawi.

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    Emma C Wall

    Full Text Available Mortality from bacterial meningitis in African adults is significantly higher than those in better resourced settings and adjunctive therapeutic interventions such as dexamethasone and glycerol have been shown to be ineffective. We conducted a study analysing data from clinical trials of bacterial meningitis in Blantyre, Malawi to investigate the clinical parameters associated with this high mortality.We searched for all clinical trials undertaken in Blantyre investigating bacterial meningitis from 1990 to the current time and combined the data from all included trial datasets into one database. We used logistic regression to relate individual clinical parameters to mortality. Adults with community acquired bacterial meningitis were included if the CSF culture isolate was consistent with meningitis or if the CSF white cell count was >100 cells/mm(3 (>50% neutrophils in HIV negative participants and >5 cells/mm(3 in HIV positive participants. Outcome was measured by mortality at discharge from hospital (after 10 days of antibiotic therapy and community follow up (day 40.Seven hundred and fifteen episodes of bacterial meningitis were evaluated. The mortality rate was 45% at day 10 and 54% at day 40. The most common pathogens were S.pneumoniae (84% of positive CSF isolates and N.meningitidis (4%. 607/694 (87% participants tested were HIV antibody positive. Treatment delays within the hospital system were marked. The median presenting GCS was 12/15, 17% had GCS<8 and 44.9% had a seizure during the illness. Coma, seizures, tachycardia and anaemia were all significantly associated with mortality on multivariate analysis. HIV status and pneumococcal culture positivity in the CSF were not associated with mortality. Adults with community acquired bacterial meningitis in Malawi present with a severe clinical phenotype. Predictors of high mortality are different to those seen in Western settings. Optimising in-hospital care and minimising treatment delays

  15. Clinical outcome of neonatal bacterial meningitis according to birth weight Evolução clínica da meningite bacteriana neonatal de acordo com o peso de nascimento

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    Vera Lúcia Jornada Krebs

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical outcome and the complications of bacterial meningitis according to birth weight of out born neonates admitted in intensive care unit during an 11 year-period. METHOD: Eighty-seven newborns were studied. Thirty-four infants were low birth weight newborn and 53 presented birth weight > " 2500 g. The clinical data were obtained through the analysis of patients’ files. Fisher’s exact test, the c² and the Mann-Whitney test were applied. RESULTS: Neurological symptoms were more common in infants weighed > " 2500 g (pOBJETIVO: Descrever a evolução clínica e as complicações da meningite bacteriana de acordo com o peso de nascimento em recém-nascidos admitidos em unidade de terapia intensiva externa durante o período de 11 anos. MÉTODO: Foram estudados 87 neonatos, dos quais 34 foram recém-nascidos de baixo peso e 53 apresentaram peso > " 2500 g. Os dados clínicos foram obtidos por análise dos prontuários médicos. Foram realizados teste exato de Fisher, teste do c² e teste de Mann-Whitney. RESULTADOS: Os sintomas neurológicos foram mais comuns em neonatos com peso > " 2500 g (p<0,05 . As complicações ocorreram na metade dos casos em ambos os grupos, com mortalidade global de 11.5%. CONCLUSÃO: A freqüência de complicações foi alta em ambos os grupos, independentemente do peso de nascimento. Não houve associação entre óbito e peso de nascimento. Os neonatos com cultura de líquor positiva apresentaram pior prognóstico.

  16. Cryptococcal meningitis: Clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic overviews

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    Satishchandra P

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Cryptococcal meningitis has emerged as a leading cause of infectious morbidity and mortality in patients with AIDS. Among the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-seropositive subjects, cryptococcal meningitis is the second most common cause of opportunistic neuro-infection. Current trends are changing due to the marked improvement of quality and length of life produced by highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART. The introduction of generic HAART in India has resulted in an increase in the number of individuals getting treatment for HIV infection, as the cost of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART has decreased 20- fold. Cryptococcal meningitis occurs in non-HIV patients who are immunodeficient due to diabetes, cancer, solid organ transplants, chemotherapeutic drugs, hematological malignancies etc and rarely in healthy individuals with no obvious predisposing factors. Diagnosis of cryptococcal meningitis is fairly straightforward once the diagnosis is considered in the differential diagnosis of chronic meningitis. Treatment of a patient with cryptococcal infection is a challenge for both the physician and the patient, but rewarding, as many would recover with timely and adequate antifungal therapy.

  17. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Bacterial Meningoencephalitis.

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    Belkys Rodríguez Llerena

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Clinical Practice Guidelines for Bacterial Meningoencephalitis. It has been defined as an acute inflammatory process caused by bacteria, often purulent, which involves the meninges, subarachnoid space around the brain, spinal cord and usually includes the ventricles. It is caused in the 80% of the patients by three bacteria: Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitides and Streptococcus pneumonia. Concepts, classification, diagnosis and treatment were reviewed. It includes assessment guidelines focused on the most important aspects to be accomplished.

  18. Identification of the serotypes of bacterial meningitis agents; implication for vaccine usage.

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    Mohammad Mehdi Attarpour-Yazdi

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Bacterial meningitis is one of the most serious infections and should be treated as emergency. As it has significant morbidity and mortality throughout the world, every country should have precise information regarding the etiological agents of disease and populations at risk to design public health prevention strategy. In the present study in addition of evaluation of common etiological agents (Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Streptococcus pneumoniae in bacterial meningitis cases, we sero-grouped or serotyped the obtained agents in order to predict the usefulness of existing vaccines against bacterial meningitis.Cerebrospinal fluid of 182 suspected meningitis patients were collected, from which 114 cases were approved by biochemical, microbiological and molecular tests as bacterial meningitis. The isolated bacteria were serogrouped or serotyped to determine the dominant serotypes.Streptococcus pneumoniae accounted for 36%, Haemophilus influenza for 26% and Neisseria meningitidis for 14% of cases. From 13 serogroups of N. meningitides the most frequent serogroups, were meningococcus group B (51%, C(24% A (18%, Z(2%, W135 (1% and 3% was not identified. In H. influenzae group only serotype b (100% have been identified and in pneumococcal meningitis the most common serotype among our cases were 18C (44% followed by14 (17%, 19A (13%, 6A (9%, 7F (4%, 4(3%, 3 (3%, 9V (2%, 8 (2%, 23f (2%, 5 (1%.Since there is no nationwide mass immunization program for common agents of bacterial meningitis in Iran, the result of this study can be used to improve the existing vaccines to cover the detected serotypes and consequently reduce the incidence of bacterial meningitis.

  19. Prevalence of Gram-negative Pathogens and their antimicrobial susceptibility in bacterial meningitis in pediatric cases

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    Yash Pal Chugh

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The present study was conducted to find out the prevalence and spectrum of Gram negative pathogens causing bacterial meningitis and their antimicrobial susceptibility pattern in a tertiary care hospital. The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF (3-5 ml was collected from 638 admitted children clinically suspected of septic meningitis. Bacterial isolates were identified and antimicrobial susceptibility was assessed by the Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method. Of the 638 samples tested 102 (15.99% were culture positive. Male to female (M:F ratio was 1.62:1. The maximum incidence of 45 (44.12% cases was found in children (1-12 yrs; in institutional deliveries the incidence was 58 (56.86% cases. Further, the incidence of 51 cases was found from May to August. Escherichia coli (E. coli were commonest, seen in 9 (25% cases followed by Acinetobacter spp., Citrobacter spp. and Klebsiella spp. with 6 (16.67% cases each. Enterobacter spp., Neisseria spp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were isolated in 3 (8.33% cases each. E. coli, Acinetobacter spp, Citrobacter spp and Klebsiella spp isolates were 100% susceptible to meropenem, piperacillin-tazobactam and cefoperazone-sulbactam and 100% resistant to cotrimoxazole and tetracycline. All strains of Neisseria spp, Enterobacter spp and Pseudomonas spp. were 100% susceptible to meropenem followed by gatifloxacin. These were 100% resistant to tetracycline and cotrimoxazole. Neisseria spp. were also 100% susceptible to pristinamycin. In septic meningitis Gram negative organisms are less common (35.29%. Of the isolates, more common Gram negative isolates included E. coli, Acinetobacter Spp., Citrobacter Spp., and Klebsiella spp. and these isolates were 100% susceptible to meropenem, piperacillin-tazobacatam and cefoperazone-sulbactam. Hence, empirical therapy should be formulated according to antimicrobial susceptibility patterns.

  20. CSF lactate for accurate diagnosis of community-acquired bacterial meningitis.

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    Giulieri, S; Chapuis-Taillard, C; Jaton, K; Cometta, A; Chuard, C; Hugli, O; Du Pasquier, R; Bille, J; Meylan, P; Manuel, O; Marchetti, O

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    CSF lactate measurement is recommended when nosocomial meningitis is suspected, but its value in community-acquired bacterial meningitis is controversial. We evaluated the diagnostic performance of lactate and other CSF parameters in a prospective cohort of adult patients with acute meningitis. Diagnostic accuracy of lactate and other CSF parameters in patients with microbiologically documented episodes was assessed by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves. The cut-offs with the best diagnostic performance were determined. Forty-five of 61 patients (74%) had a documented bacterial (n = 18; S. pneumoniae, 11; N. meningitidis, 5; other, 2) or viral (n = 27 enterovirus, 21; VZV, 3; other, 3) etiology. CSF parameters were significantly different in bacterial vs. viral meningitis, respectively (p viral meningitis, with a cutoff set at 3.5 mmol/l providing 100% sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV, and efficiency. CSF lactate had the best accuracy for discriminating bacterial from viral meningitis and should be included in the initial diagnostic workup of this condition.

  1. Nationwide Trends in Bacterial Meningitis before the Introduction of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine—Burkina Faso, 2011–2013

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    Ouédraogo-Traoré, Rasmata; Medah, Isaïe; Sangare, Lassana; Yaméogo, Issaka; Sawadogo, Guetawendé; Ouédraogo, Abdoul-Salam; Hema-Ouangraoua, Soumeya; McGee, Lesley; Srinivasan, Velusamy; Aké, Flavien; Congo-Ouédraogo, Malika; Sanou, Soufian; Ba, Absatou Ky; Novak, Ryan T.; Van Beneden, Chris

    2016-01-01

    Background Following introduction of Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine in 2006 and serogroup A meningococcal conjugate vaccine in 2010, Streptococcus pneumoniae (Sp) became the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in Burkina Faso. We describe bacterial meningitis epidemiology, focusing on pneumococcal meningitis, before 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) introduction in the pediatric routine immunization program in October 2013. Methods Nationwide population-based meningitis surveillance collects case-level demographic and clinical information and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) laboratory results. Sp infections are confirmed by culture, real-time polymerase chain reaction (rt-PCR), or latex agglutination, and CSF serotyped using real-time and conventional PCR. We calculated incidence rates in cases per 100,000 persons, adjusting for age and proportion of cases with CSF tested at national reference laboratories, and case fatality ratios (CFR). Results During 2011–2013, 1,528 pneumococcal meningitis cases were reported. Average annual adjusted incidence rates were 26.9 (<1 year), 5.4 (1–4 years), 7.2 (5–14 years), and 3.0 (≥15 years). Overall CFR was 23% and highest among children aged <1 year (32%) and adults ≥30 years (30%). Of 1,528 cases, 1,036 (68%) were serotyped: 71% were PCV13-associated serotypes, 14% were non-PCV13-associated serotypes, and 15% were non-typeable by PCR. Serotypes 1 (45%) and 12F/12A/12B/44/46 (8%) were most common. Among children aged <1 year, serotypes 5 (15%), 6A/6B (13%) and 1 (12%) predominated. Conclusions In Burkina Faso, the highest morbidity and mortality due to pneumococcal meningitis occurred among children aged <1 year. The majority of cases were due to PCV13-associated serotypes; introduction of PCV13 should substantially decrease this burden. PMID:27832151

  2. Prevalence of newborn bacterial meningitis and sepsis during the pregnancy period for public health care system participants in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

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    da Silva, Luzia Poliana Anjos; Cavalheiro, Laura Giotto; Queirós, Fernanda; Nova, Camila Vila; Lucena, Rita

    2007-04-01

    Bacterial meningitis is still a major public health threat inside developing countries. In Brazil, the Department of Public Health estimates that the prevalence of bacterial meningitis is 22 cases per 100,000 persons. During the neonatal period, the bacterial meningitis develops special characteristics that can result in hearing problems and movement loss due to neurological and psychological damages. This study had the aim to analyze the prevalence of bacterial meningitis and sepsis in newborns during the pregnancy period for those using the public health care system in Salvador-Bahia. One of the goal was to describe the risk factors of bacterial meningitis and sepsis in newborns. A second goal was to identify, based on newborn health records, the difficulties to predict issues with the hearing, neurological and psychological problems. This study has a cross-sectional design. The newborns that were included in this study had bacterial meningitis or sepsis within 0-28 days of life. They were admitted in the maternity wards between June-December 2005 at the newborn intensive unit care. We analyzed 72 reports of newborns and only 11 (17%) were bacterial meningitis or sepsis newborn cases. These cases were associated to high intake of ototoxic drugs that can cause oto and nephrotoxicity, and cause serious sequels on the child development. Nervous system infection is one of the 2 major problems in clinical practice, especially during the first month after birth. During this first month, the nervous system infection develops special characteristics, which are different from regular symptoms and it requires treatment due to the increased risk to develop complications. It is strongly recommended to monitor ototoxic drugs use to prevent effects on the hearing system.

  3. Bacterial Meningitis in the Absence of Cerebrospinal Fluid Pleocytosis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Ryota Hase

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Elevation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF cell count is a key sign in the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. However, there have been reports of bacterial meningitis with no abnormalities in initial CSF testing. This type of presentation is extremely rare in adult patients. Here, a case involving an 83-year-old woman who was later diagnosed with bacterial meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis is described, in whom CSF at initial and second lumbar puncture did not show elevation of cell counts. Twenty-six non-neutropenic adult cases of bacterial meningitis in the absence of CSF pleocytosis were reviewed. The frequent causative organisms were Streptococcus pneumoniae and N meningitidis. Nineteen cases had bacteremia and seven died. The authors conclude that normal CSF at lumbar puncture at an early stage cannot rule out bacterial meningitis. Therefore, repeat CSF analysis should be considered, and antimicrobial therapy must be started immediately if there are any signs of sepsis or meningitis.

  4. Clinical outcome of pneumococcal meningitis during the emergence of pencillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae: an observational study

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    Gouveia Edilane L

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Prior to the availability of generic third-generation cephalosporins, penicillins were widely used for treatment of pneumococcal meningitis in developing countries despite concerns about rising levels of penicillin resistance among pneumococcal isolates. We examined the impact of penicillin resistance on outcomes of pneumococcal meningitis over a ten year period in an infectious diseases hospital in Brazil. Methods Clinical presentation, antimicrobial therapy and outcomes were reviewed for 548 patients with culture-confirmed pneumococcal meningitis from December, 1995, to November, 2005. Pneumococcal isolates from meningitis patients were defined as penicillin-resistant if Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations for penicillin were greater than 0.06 μg/ml. Proportional hazards regression was used to identify risk factors for fatal outcomes. Results During the ten-year period, ceftriaxone replaced ampicillin as first-line therapy for suspected bacterial meningitis. In hospital case-fatality for pneumococcal meningitis was 37%. Of 548 pneumococcal isolates from meningitis cases, 92 (17% were resistant to penicillin. After controlling for age and severity of disease at admission, penicillin resistance was associated with higher case-fatality (Hazard Ratio [HR], 1.62; 95% Confidence Interval [CI], 1.08-2.43. Penicillin-resistance remained associated with higher case-fatality when initial therapy included ceftriaxone (HR, 1.68; 95% CI 1.02-2.76. Conclusions Findings support the use of third generation cephalosporin antibiotics for treatment of suspected pneumococcal meningitis even at low prevalence of pneumococcal resistance to penicillins.

  5. Swiftly Decreasing Cerebrospinal Fluid Cathelicidin Concentration Predicts Improved Outcome in Childhood Bacterial Meningitis.

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    Savonius, Okko; Helve, Otto; Roine, Irmeli; Andersson, Sture; Fernández, Josefina; Peltola, Heikki; Pelkonen, Tuula

    2016-06-01

    We investigated cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cathelicidin concentrations in childhood bacterial meningitis on admission and during antimicrobial treatment. CSF cathelicidin concentrations on admission correlated with CSF white cell counts and protein levels but not with bacterial etiology. A greater decrease in the concentration in response to treatment was associated with a better outcome. Since the CSF cathelicidin concentration reflects the degree of central nervous system (CNS) inflammation, it may be used as a novel biomarker in childhood bacterial meningitis. An early decrease during treatment likely signals more rapid mitigation of the disease process and thus a better outcome.

  6. Bedside Evaluation of Cerebral Energy Metabolism in Severe Community-Acquired Bacterial Meningitis

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    Rom Poulsen, Frantz; Schulz, Mette; Jacobsen, Anne;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Mortality and morbidity have remained high in bacterial meningitis. Impairment of cerebral energy metabolism probably contributes to unfavorable outcome. Intracerebral microdialysis is routinely used to monitor cerebral energy metabolism, and recent experimental studies indicate...... that this technique may separate ischemia and non-ischemic mitochondrial dysfunction. The present study is a retrospective interpretation of biochemical data obtained in a series of patients with severe community-acquired meningitis. METHODS: Cerebral energy metabolism was monitored in 15 patients with severe...... community-acquired meningitis utilizing intracerebral microdialysis and bedside biochemical analysis. According to previous studies, cerebral ischemia was defined as lactate/pyruvate (LP) ratio >30 with intracerebral pyruvate level

  7. Validation of a Dutch risk score predicting poor outcome in adults with bacterial meningitis in Vietnam and Malawi.

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    Ewout S Schut

    Full Text Available We have previously developed and validated a prognostic model to predict the risk for unfavorable outcome in Dutch adults with bacterial meningitis. The aim of the current study was to validate this model in adults with bacterial meningitis from two developing countries, Vietnam and Malawi. Demographic and clinical characteristics of Vietnamese (n = 426, Malawian patients (n = 465 differed substantially from those of Dutch patients (n = 696. The Dutch model underestimated the risk of poor outcome in both Malawi and Vietnam. The discrimination of the original model (c-statistic [c] 0.84; 95% confidence interval 0.81 to 0.86 fell considerably when re-estimated in the Vietnam cohort (c = 0.70 or in the Malawian cohort (c = 0.68. Our validation study shows that new prognostic models have to be developed for these countries in a sufficiently large series of unselected patients.

  8. Etiology of aseptic meningitis and clinical characteristics in immune-competent adults.

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    Han, Su-Hyun; Choi, Hye-Yeon; Kim, Jeong-Min; Park, Kwang-Ryul; Youn, Young Chul; Shin, Hae-Won

    2016-01-01

    Viral meningitis is the most common cause of aseptic meningitis. Use of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has increased the ability to determine the etiology of viral meningitis. This study used PCR analysis to evaluate the etiology of aseptic meningitis in 177 previously healthy adults over a 5-year period, as well as analyzing the clinical characteristics, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) findings, and prognosis according to each etiology. The most frequent cause of aseptic meningitis was enterovirus (EV), followed by varicella zoster virus (VZV). Patients with EV meningitis were significantly younger than those with VZV meningitis. The percentage of lymphocytes in white blood cell counts and protein concentrations in the CSF differed significantly among patients with EV, VZV and meningitis of undetermined etiology. Younger age and lower percentage of lymphocyte and protein level in CSF analysis may be suggestive of EV meningitis. Further prospective studies are warranted to identify the correlations between the clinical characteristics and the etiologies of meningitis.

  9. Meningitis

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    This podcast gives a general overview of meningitis, including what it is, the five types, and the causes.  Created: 10/24/2012 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).   Date Released: 10/24/2012.

  10. Epidemiology of bacterial meningitis among children in Brazil, 1997-1998

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    Débora PL Weiss

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To document the incidence and the descriptive epidemiology of bacterial meningitis among individuals under age 20 in a geographically defined region in Brazil during the two-year period immediately preceding the introduction of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib vaccines into the national immunization program of Brazil. METHODS: Population-based epidemiological study of all cases of bacterial meningitis reported among residents of Campinas, Brazil, under age 20 (n=316,570 during the period of 1997-98, using comprehensive surveillance records compiled by the Campinas Health Department from cases reported among hospital inpatients, outpatients, emergency room visits, death certificates, and autopsy reports. RESULTS: The incidence of bacterial meningitis (n=274 was 334.9, 115 and 43.5 cases/10(5 person-years (pys for residents of Campinas under age 1, 5 and 20, respectively. All cases were hospitalized, with an average length of stay of 12 days. Documented prior antibiotic use was 4.0%. The case-fatality rate of bacterial meningitis in individuals under age 20 was 9% (24/274 with 75% of deaths occurring in children under the age of five. The incidence of Hib meningitis (n=26 was 62.8 and 17 cases/10(5 pys in children age <1 and <5, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The incidence of Hib meningitis in children under the age of 5 in Campinas during 1997-98 was similar to that reported in the US, Western Europe, and Israel prior to widespread Hib vaccine use in those regions. This study provides a baseline for later studies to evaluate changes in the etiology and incidence of bacterial meningitis in children after introduction of routine Hib vaccination in Brazil.

  11. Epidemiology of bacterial meningitis among children in Brazil, 1997-1998

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    Weiss Débora PL

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To document the incidence and the descriptive epidemiology of bacterial meningitis among individuals under age 20 in a geographically defined region in Brazil during the two-year period immediately preceding the introduction of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib vaccines into the national immunization program of Brazil. METHODS: Population-based epidemiological study of all cases of bacterial meningitis reported among residents of Campinas, Brazil, under age 20 (n=316,570 during the period of 1997-98, using comprehensive surveillance records compiled by the Campinas Health Department from cases reported among hospital inpatients, outpatients, emergency room visits, death certificates, and autopsy reports. RESULTS: The incidence of bacterial meningitis (n=274 was 334.9, 115 and 43.5 cases/10(5 person-years (pys for residents of Campinas under age 1, 5 and 20, respectively. All cases were hospitalized, with an average length of stay of 12 days. Documented prior antibiotic use was 4.0%. The case-fatality rate of bacterial meningitis in individuals under age 20 was 9% (24/274 with 75% of deaths occurring in children under the age of five. The incidence of Hib meningitis (n=26 was 62.8 and 17 cases/10(5 pys in children age <1 and <5, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The incidence of Hib meningitis in children under the age of 5 in Campinas during 1997-98 was similar to that reported in the US, Western Europe, and Israel prior to widespread Hib vaccine use in those regions. This study provides a baseline for later studies to evaluate changes in the etiology and incidence of bacterial meningitis in children after introduction of routine Hib vaccination in Brazil.

  12. A Fuzzy Expert System for Distinguishing between Bacterial and Aseptic Meningitis

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    Mostafa Langarizadeh

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Bacterial meningitis is a known infectious disease which occurs at early ages and should be promptly diagnosed and treated. Bacterial and aseptic meningitis are hard to be distinguished. Therefore, physicians should be highly informed and experienced in this area. The main aim of this study was to suggest a system for distinguishing between bacterial and aseptic meningitis, using fuzzy logic.    Materials and Methods In the first step, proper attributes were selected using Weka 3.6.7 software. Six attributes were selected using Attribute Evaluator, InfoGainAttributeEval, and Ranker search method items. Then, a fuzzy inference engine was designed using MATLAB software, based on Mamdani’s fuzzy logic method with max-min composition, prod-probor, and centroid defuzzification. The rule base consisted of eight rules, based on the experience of three specialists and information extracted from textbooks. Results Data were extracted from 106 records of patients with meningitis (42 cases with bacterial meningitis in order to evaluate the proposed system. The system accuracy, specificity, and sensitivity were 89%, 92 %, and 97%, respectively. The area under the ROC curve was 0.93, and Kappa test revealed a good level of agreement (k=0.84, P

  13. The use of magnetic resonance and MR angiography in the detection of cerebral infarction: A complication of pediatric bacterial meningitis

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    Stošić-Opinćal Tatjana

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Bacground. Association of both cerebral infarction and acute bacterial meningitis is more common in younger patients than in the elderly. The rate of mortality and the frequency of sequel are very high inspite of the use of modern antibiotic therapy. In more than 30% of the cases of childhood bacterial meningitis, both arterial and venous infarctions can occur. The aim of this study was to present the role of the use of magnetic resonance (MRI, and MR angiography (MRA in the detection of bacterial meningitis in children complicated with cerebral infarctions. Method. In the Centre for MR, the Clinical Centre of Serbia, 25 patients with the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis, of which 9 children with cerebral infarction whose clinical conditon deteriorated acutely, despite the antibiotic therapy, underwent MRI and MR angiography examination on a 1T scanner. Examination included the conventional spin-echo techniques with T1-weighted saggital and coronal, and T2- weighted axial and coronal images. Coronal fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR and the postcontrast T1-weighted images in three orthogonal planes were also used. The use MR angiography was accomplished by the three-dimensional time-of-flight (3D TOF technique. Results. The findings included: multiple hemorrhagic infarction in 4 patients, multiple infarctions in 3 patients, focal infarction in 1 patient and diffuse infarction (1 patient. Common sites of involvement were: the frontal lobes, temporal lobes and basal ganglia. The majority of infarctions were bilateral. In 3 of the patients empyema was found, and in 1 patient bitemporal abscess was detected. In 8 of the patients MR angiography confirmed inflammatory vasculitis. Conclusion. Infarction is the most common sequel of severe meningitis in children. Since the complication of cerebral infarction influences the prognosis of meningitis, repetitive MRI examinations are very significant for the evaluation of the time course of

  14. Cerebral blood flow, oxidative metabolism and cerebrovascular carbon dioxide reactivity in patients with acute bacterial meningitis

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    Møller, Kirsten; Strauss, Gitte Irene; Thomsen, Gerda;

    2002-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The optimal arterial carbon dioxide tension (P(a)CO(2)) in patients with acute bacterial meningitis (ABM) is unknown and controversial. The objective of this study was to measure global cerebral blood flow (CBF), cerebrovascular CO(2) reactivity (CO(2)R), and cerebral metabolic rates...... to baseline ventilation, whereas CMR(glu) increased. CONCLUSION: In patients with acute bacterial meningitis, we found variable levels of CBF and cerebrovascular CO(2) reactivity, a low a-v DO(2), low cerebral metabolic rates of oxygen and glucose, and a cerebral lactate efflux. In these patients...

  15. Treating Meningitis

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    ... David C. Spencer, MD Steven Karceski, MD Treating meningitis Steven Karceski, MD WHAT DID THE AUTHORS STUDY? ... study, “ Dexamethasone and long-term survival in bacterial meningitis, ” Dr. Fritz and his colleagues carefully evaluated 2 ...

  16. Hydrocephalus is a rare outcome in community-acquired bacterial meningitis in adults

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    Bodilsen, Jacob; Schønheyder, Henrik Carl; Nielsen, Henrik I

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Community-acquired bacterial meningitis (CABM) continues to have a high mortality rate and often results in severe sequelae among survivors. Lately, an increased effort has been focused on describing the neurological complications of meningitis including hydrocephalus. To aid in this ......BACKGROUND: Community-acquired bacterial meningitis (CABM) continues to have a high mortality rate and often results in severe sequelae among survivors. Lately, an increased effort has been focused on describing the neurological complications of meningitis including hydrocephalus. To aid...... in this field of research we set out to ascertain the risk and outcome of hydrocephalus in patients with community-acquired bacterial meningitis (CABM) in North Denmark Region. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective population-based cohort study of CABM cases above 14 years of age. Cases diagnosed during a 13......-year period, 1998 through 2010, were identified in a laboratory register and data were acquired through patient records. Cases not confirmed by culture met other strict inclusion criteria. The diagnosis of hydrocephalus relied upon the radiologists' reports on cranial imaging. Outcome was graded...

  17. Cerebral blood flow autoregulation in patients with acute bacterial meningitis

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    Møller, Kirsten

    2001-01-01

    Ph.d. afhandlingen omhandler sammenhængen mellem hjernens blodtilførsel (CBF) og middelarterietrykket (MAP) hos patienter med akut bakteriel meningitis. Hos raske er CBF uafhængig af MAP, hvilket kaldes CBF autoregulation. Svækket autoregulation antages at øge risikoen for cerebral hypoperfusion ...

  18. Epidemiology and antibiotic resistance of bacterial meningitis in Dapaong, northern Togo

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    Simplice D Karou; Abago Balaka; Mitiname Bamok; Damhan Tchelougou; Malki Assih; Kokou Anani; Kodjo Agbonoko; Jacques Simpore; Comlan de Souza

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To assess the seasonality of the bacterial meningitis and the antibiotic resistance of incriminated bacteria over the last three years in the northern Togo. Methods: From January 2007 to January 2010, 533 cerebrospinal fluids (CSF) samples were collected from patients suspected of meningitis in the Regional Hospital of Dapaong (northern Togo). After microscopic examination, samples were cultured for bacterial identification and antibiotic susceptibility. Results:The study included 533 patients (306 male and 227 female) aged from 1 day to 55 years [average age (13.00±2.07) years]. Bacterial isolation and identification were attempted for 254/533 (47.65%) samples. The bacterial species identified were:Neisseria meningitidis A (N. meningitidis A) (58.27%), Neisseria meningitidis W135 (N. meningitidis W135) (7.09%), Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) (26.77%), Haemophilus influenza B (H. influenza B) (6.30%) and Enterobacteriaceae (1.57%). The results indicated that bacterial meningitis occur from November to May with a peak in February for H. influenzae and S. pneumoniae and March for Neisseriaceae. The distribution of positive CSF with regards to the age showed that subjects between 6 and 12 years followed by subjects of 0 to 5 years were most affected with respective frequencies of 67.82% and 56.52% (P20%for both bacterial strains), macrolides (resistance rate> 30%for H. influenzae) quinolones (resistance rate>15%for H. influenzae and N. meningitidis W135). Over three years, the prevalence of S. pneumoniae significantly increased from 8.48%to 73.33%(P<0.001), while the changes in the prevalence of H. influenzae B were not statistically significant: 4.24%, vs. 8.89%, (P= 0.233). Conclusions:Our results indicate that data in African countries differ depending on geographical location in relation to the African meningitis belt. This underlines the importance of epidemiological surveillance of bacterial meningitis.

  19. Dexamethasone therapy for bacterial meningitis. Results of two double-blind, placebo-controlled trials.

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    Lebel, M H; Freij, B J; Syrogiannopoulos, G A; Chrane, D F; Hoyt, M J; Stewart, S M; Kennard, B D; Olsen, K D; McCracken, G H

    1988-10-13

    We enrolled 200 infants and older children with bacterial meningitis in two prospective double-blind, placebo-controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy of dexamethasone therapy in addition to either cefuroxime (Study 1) or ceftriaxone (Study 2). Altogether, 98 patients received placebo and 102 received dexamethasone (0.15 mg per kilogram of body weight every six hours for four days). At the beginning of therapy, the clinical and demographic characteristics of the patients in the treatment groups were comparable. The mean increase in the cerebrospinal fluid concentration of glucose and the decreases in lactate and protein levels after 24 hours of therapy were significantly greater in those who received dexamethasone than in those who received placebo (glucose, 2.0 vs. 0.4 mmol per liter [36.0 vs. 6.9 mg per deciliter], P less than 0.001; lactate, 4.0 vs. 2.1 mmol per liter [38.3 vs. 19.8 mg per deciliter], P less than 0.001; and protein, 0.64 vs. 0.25 g per liter [64.0 vs. 25.3 mg per deciliter], P less than 0.05). One patient in the placebo group in Study 1 died. As compared with those who received placebo, the patients who received dexamethasone became afebrile earlier (1.6 vs. 5.0 days; P less than 0.001) and were less likely to acquire moderate or more severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (15.5 vs. 3.3 percent; P less than 0.01). Twelve patients in the two placebo groups (14 percent) had severe or profound bilateral hearing loss requiring the use of a hearing aid, as compared with 1 (1 percent) in the two dexamethasone groups (P less than 0.001). We conclude that dexamethasone is beneficial in the treatment of infants and children with bacterial meningitis, particularly in preventing deafness.

  20. Regional cerebral blood flow during mechanical hyperventilation in patients with acute bacterial meningitis

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    Møller, Kirsten; Høgh, Peter; Larsen, Fin Stolze

    2000-01-01

    in the frontal and parietal cortex as well as in the basal ganglia. Focal perfusion abnormalities were present in 10 of 12 patients. Regional cerebral blood flow abnormalities are frequent in patients with acute bacterial meningitis. Short-term hyperventilation does not enhance these abnormalities....

  1. Cerebral blood flow and metabolism in adults with acute bacterial meningitis

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    Møller, Kirsten

    2007-01-01

    The intense intrathecal inflammation observed in acute bacterial meningitis (ABM) is associated with pronounced changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and metabolism. In seven substudies, CBF and metabolism were measured in adults with ABM as well as healthy volunteers during various interventions...

  2. Interleukin-10 and soluble tumor necrosis factor receptors in cerebrospinal fluid of children with bacterial meningitis

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    Kornelisse, R.F.; Savelkoul, H.F.J.; Mulder, P.H.G.; Suur, M.H.; Straaten, van der P.J.C.; Heijden, van der A.J.; Sukhai, R.N.; Hählen, K.; Neijens, H.J.; Groot, de R.

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    The antiinflammatory mediators interleukin (IL)-10 and soluble tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptors p55 (sTNFR-55) and sTNFR-75 in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from 37 children with bacterial meningitis were studied. CSF concentrations of IL-10, sTNFR-55, and sTNFR-75 and of the proinflammatory cytoki

  3. Circulating levels of vasoactive peptides in patients with acute bacterial meningitis

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    Berg, Ronan Martin Griffen; Strauss, Gitte Irene; Tofteng, Flemming;

    2009-01-01

    PURPOSE: The underlying mechanisms for cerebral blood flow (CBF) abnormalities in acute bacterial meningitis (ABM) are largely unknown. Putative mediators include vasoactive peptides, e.g. calcitonin-gene related peptide (CGRP), vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), and endothelin-1 (ET-1), all...

  4. Arthritis in adults with community-acquired bacterial meningitis: a prospective cohort study

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    Weisfelt, M.; van de Beek, D.; Spanjaard, L.; de Gans, J.

    2006-01-01

    Background: Although the coexistence of bacterial meningitis and arthritis has been noted in several studies, it remains unclear how often both conditions occur simultaneously. Methods: We evaluated the presence of arthritis in a prospective nationwide cohort of 696 episodes of community-acquired ba

  5. Predicting sequelae and death after bacterial meningitis in childhood: A systematic review of prognostic studies

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    R.C.J. de Jonge; A.M. van Furth; M. Wassenaar; R.J.B.J. Gemke; C.B. Terwee

    2010-01-01

    Background: Bacterial meningitis (BM) is a severe infection responsible for high mortality and disabling sequelae. Early identification of patients at high risk of these outcomes is necessary to prevent their occurrence by adequate treatment as much as possible. For this reason, several prognostic m

  6. The role of dexamethasone in the treatment of bacterial meningitis - a systematic review

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    Borchorst, S; Møller, K

    2012-01-01

    in the treatment of bacterial meningitis. Relevant literature was found in PubMed, the Cochrane databases, and references in studies. Forty-four publications of relevance were identified, comprising 29 publications of randomised studies, 10 publications reporting either non- or quasi-randomised studies, and five...

  7. Soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 1: a biomarker for bacterial meningitis

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    R.M. Determann; M. Weisfelt; J. de Gans; A. van der Ende; M.J. Schultz; D. van de Beek

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate whether soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 1 (sTREM-1) in CSF can serve as a biomarker for the presence of bacterial meningitis and outcome in patients with this disease. Design: Retrospective study of diagnostic accuracy. Setting and patients: CSF was coll

  8. Comparison of 16S rDNA-PCR Amplification and Culture of Cerebrospinal Fluid for Diagnosis of Bacterial Meningitis

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    Farshad Foroughi

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective:Early and accurate diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is of critical concern. Optimum and rapid laboratory facilities are not routinely available for detecting the etiologic agents of meningitis. The objective of this study was to compare polymerase chain reaction (PCR assay with culture for detection of bacteria in central nervous system (CNS samples from patients suspected to have meningitis. Methods: One-hundred CSF samples were obtained and divided into two parts. One part of samples was used for standard bacterial culture and gram staining. The remaining was used for DNA extraction. PCR assay was performed with universal primers for 16S rDNA gene of bacteria. Performance characteristics of the test were determined. Findings:The PCR method was able to detect bacteria in all 36 culture-positive and in 38 of 64 culture-negative cases showing sensitivity and specificity of 100% and 40.6% respectively. Positive predictive value was 48.6% and negative predictive value 100%, however, Kappa coefficient showed the correlation of the 2 methods to be at 0.33. Conclusion:There are advantages and disadvantages in performance characteristics of the conventional CSF culture and universal CSF 16S rDNA PCR. Therefore, it is recommended to use both methods in clinical practice, particularly in suspicious contaminated samples, with presumable presence of fastidious or slow growing bacteria because of antibiotic consumption.

  9. Bacterial cytolysin during meningitis disrupts the regulation of glutamate in the brain, leading to synaptic damage.

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    Carolin Wippel

    Full Text Available Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcal meningitis is a common bacterial infection of the brain. The cholesterol-dependent cytolysin pneumolysin represents a key factor, determining the neuropathogenic potential of the pneumococci. Here, we demonstrate selective synaptic loss within the superficial layers of the frontal neocortex of post-mortem brain samples from individuals with pneumococcal meningitis. A similar effect was observed in mice with pneumococcal meningitis only when the bacteria expressed the pore-forming cholesterol-dependent cytolysin pneumolysin. Exposure of acute mouse brain slices to only pore-competent pneumolysin at disease-relevant, non-lytic concentrations caused permanent dendritic swelling, dendritic spine elimination and synaptic loss. The NMDA glutamate receptor antagonists MK801 and D-AP5 reduced this pathology. Pneumolysin increased glutamate levels within the mouse brain slices. In mouse astrocytes, pneumolysin initiated the release of glutamate in a calcium-dependent manner. We propose that pneumolysin plays a significant synapto- and dendritotoxic role in pneumococcal meningitis by initiating glutamate release from astrocytes, leading to subsequent glutamate-dependent synaptic damage. We outline for the first time the occurrence of synaptic pathology in pneumococcal meningitis and demonstrate that a bacterial cytolysin can dysregulate the control of glutamate in the brain, inducing excitotoxic damage.

  10. Otobasal liquor fistula causing recurrent bacterial meningitis; Otobasale Liquorfistel als Ursache einer rezidivierenden bakteriellen Meningitis

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    Doege, H. [Abteilung fuer Nuklearmedizin, Leipzig Univ. (Germany); Klinghammer, A.; Elix, H. [Klinik fuer Kinder- und Jugendmedizin, Leipzig Univ. (Germany); Pilz, D. [Institut fuer Bildgebende Diagnostik der Klinikum Chemnitz gGmbH (Germany); Bootz, F. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde/ Plastische Operationen, Leipzig Univ. (Germany)

    2000-07-01

    Cerebral subarachnoid space scintigraphy today still is the modality of choice for detection of a liquorrea or a liquor fistula, especially in the case of a recurrent menengitis of unclear origin. This diagnostic method yielded the results required in the case reported for efficient and successful surgical treatment. (orig./CB) [German] Die zerebrale Liquorraumszintigraphie ist aufgrund der hohen Empfindlichkeit auch heute noch die Methode der Wahl zum Nachweis einer Liquorrhoe beziehungsweise einer Liquorfistel, insbesondere bei einer rezidivierenden Meningitis unklarer Genese. Sie ermoeglichte bei unserer Patientin eine gezielte definitive operative Behandlung. (orig.)

  11. Recent trends in pediatric bacterial meningitis in Japan--a country where Haemophilus influenzae type b and Streptococcus pneumoniae conjugated vaccines have just been introduced.

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    Shinjoh, Masayoshi; Iwata, Satoshi; Yagihashi, Tatsuhiko; Sato, Yoshitake; Akita, Hironobu; Takahashi, Takao; Sunakawa, Keisuke

    2014-08-01

    To investigate the trends in incidence and the characteristics of bacterial meningitis in Japan where Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine and 7-valent pneumococcal conjugated vaccine (PCV7) were introduced in 2008 and 2010, respectively, which was 5-20 years after their introduction in western countries. The nationwide Japanese survey of pediatric and neonatal bacterial meningitis was performed in 2011 and 2012. We analyzed the epidemiological and clinical data, and compared the information obtained in the previous nationwide survey database. We also investigated the risk factors for disease outcome. In the 2011-2012 surveys, 357 patients were evaluated. H. influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus agalactiae and Escherichia coli were the main organisms. The number of patients hospitalized with bacterial meningitis per 1000 admissions decreased from 1.31 in 2009 to 0.43 in 2012 (p influenzae and S. pneumoniae meningitis also decreased from 0.66 to 0.08 (p < 0.001), and 0.30 to 0.06 (p < 0.001), respectively. Only 0-2 cases with Neisseria meningitidis were reported each year throughout 2001-2012. The median patient age was 10-12 months in 2001-2011, and became lower in 2012 (2 month old) (p < 0.001). The fatality rate for S. agalactiae is the highest (5.9% (11/187)) throughout 2001-2012 among the four organisms. Risk factors for death and sequelae were convulsions at onset, low CSF glucose, S. agalactiae etiology, and persistent positive CSF culture. Hib vaccine and PCV7 decreased the rate of bacterial meningitis. Earlier introduction of these vaccines may have prevented bacterial meningitis among Japanese children.

  12. Genome-wide identification of Streptococcus pneumoniae genes essential for bacterial replication during experimental meningitis

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    Molzen, T E; Burghout, P; Bootsma, H J

    2010-01-01

    Meningitis is the most serious of invasive infections caused by the Gram-positive bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. Vaccines protect only against a limited number of serotypes, and evolving bacterial resistance to antimicrobials impedes treatment. Further insight into the molecular pathogenesis...... of invasive pneumococcal disease is required in order to enable the development of new or adjunctive treatments and/or pneumococcal vaccines that are efficient across serotypes. We applied genomic array footprinting (GAF) in the search for S. pneumoniae genes that are essential during experimental meningitis...

  13. Pre-infection physical exercise decreases mortality and stimulates neurogenesis in bacterial meningitis

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    Liebetanz David

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Physical exercise has been shown to increase neurogenesis, to decrease neuronal injury and to improve memory in animal models of stroke and head trauma. Therefore, we investigated the effect of voluntary wheel running on survival, neuronal damage and cell proliferation in a mouse model of pneumococcal meningitis. Mice were housed in cages equipped with voluntary running wheels or in standard cages before induction of bacterial meningitis by a subarachnoid injection of a Streptococcus pneumoniae type 3 strain. 24 hours later antibiotic treatment was initiated with ceftriaxone (100 mg/kg twice daily. Experiments were terminated either 30 hours or 4 days (short-term or 7 weeks (long-term after infection, and the survival time, inflammatory cytokines and corticosterone levels, neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampal formation and the cognitive function were evaluated in surviving mice. Survival time was significantly increased in running mice compared to control animals (p = 0.0087 in short-term and p = 0.016 in long-term experiments, log-rank test. At the end of the long-term experiment, mortality was lower in trained than in sedentary animals (p = 0.031, Fisher’s Exact test. Hippocampal neurogenesis – assessed by the density of doublecortin-, TUC-4- and BrdU + NeuN-colabeled cells - was significantly increased in running mice in comparison to the sedentary group after meningitis. However, Morris water maze performance of both groups 6 weeks after bacterial meningitis did not reveal differences in learning ability. In conclusion, physical exercise prior to infection increased survival in a mouse model of bacterial meningitis and stimulated neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampal formation.

  14. A Case of Fatal Bacterial Meningitis Caused by Enterococcus Faecalis: Postmortem Diagnosis

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    Gülhan Yağmur

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Enterococcus species rarely cause bacterial meningitis without predisposing factors such as trauma, brain surgery, etc. In this study, we present a bacterial meningitis case caused by Enterococcus faecalis (E. faecalis in a 13-year-old male who was found dead at home. One hundred and forty two cm tall, 37 kg weight male had admitted to hospital two days after the beginning of complaints such as weakness, headache, swelling of left eye, nausea and vomiting. Body temperature was 37.3 oC, leucocyte count 22100/ mm3, and CRP 71 g/dl at the hospital admission. Antibiotic treatment with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (625 mg was given to the patient but he was found dead in his house the day after. In autopsy; yellow-green purulant liquid in left frontoparietal zone, fullness of meningeal vessels and oedema was seen in brain. Isolated bacteria in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF was identificated as E. faecalis by mini API 32 Strep®. Postmortem microbiological sampling in autopsy and defining etiologic agents is important for rare meningitis cases in which antemortem identification could not be done before death.

  15. Clinical and epidemiological peculiarities of enterovirus meningitis in the period of seasonal outbreak in 2015

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    leucocytosis and pleocytosis of liquor with neutrophil/mixed character, which enables to differentiate enterovirus meningitis from bacterial meningitis and to exclude antibiotic treatment.The conclusion. The dynamics of the rate of the enterovirus infection morbidity on the territory under investigation differs from Russia, s average rate. The enterovirus meningitis has got clinical and age peculiarities in different epidemic seasons.

  16. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis, predictors of bacterial meningitis: a study in 312 patients with suspected meningial infection

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    Seyed Mohammad Alavi; Naser Moshiri

    2009-01-01

    Objective:Patients with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pleocytosis are routinely admitted to the hospital and treated with parenteral antibiotics, although few have bacterial meningitis (BM). The aim of this study was to evaluate predictors to dif-ferentiate BM from aseptic meningitis (ASM). Methods:The study was conducted in Razi hospital, a training center affiliated to Ahvaz Joundishapoor University of Medical Sciences in Iran. And all patients were 18 years old or above and were treated in the hospital between 2003 and 2007. Data of those who had meningitis, tested as CSF pleocytosis but had not received antibiotic treatment before lumbar puncture were retrospectively analyzed. Results: Among 312 patients with CSF pleocytosis, two hundred fifteen (68.9%) had BM and ninety seven (31.1%) had ASM. The mean age for patients with BM was (34.7±17.7) years (P=0.22, NS). Sixty percent of the BM cases and 61.2% of the ASM cases occurred in men (P=0.70, NS). We identified the following predictors of BM:CSF-WBC count > 100 per micro liter, CSF-glucose level 80 mg/dL. Sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV of these predictors, and LR for BM are 86.5% ,52.6% ,80.2%, 63.7% and 104. 1 for CSF-WBC count and 72.1%, 83.5%, 90.6% ,57.4% and 164.2% for CSF glucose, and 49.7%, 91.8%, 93.4% ,45. 2% and 104.5% for CSF protein. Conclusion:The CSF WBC count should not be used alone to rule out bacterial meningitis. When it is combined with other factors such as CSF glucose and protein improved decision making in patients with suspected BM may occur.

  17. Evaluation Of Sensitivity And Spesicity Of CSF Procalcitonin Levels In Differentiation Of Bacterial And Viral Meningitis,In Children Older Than Two Months

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    Rahimi H

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Bacterial meningitis is a fatal disease with high mortality and morbidity that needs emergency management. But due to nonspecific signs and symptoms it's diagnosis in children is difficult. Recently procalcitonin has been used for diagnosis of serious bacterial infections like bacterial meningitis. We conducted a prospective study in children for evaluation of procalcitonin in differential diagnosis of acute bacterial and viral meningitis. Materials and Methods: In a prospective process research, we measured CSF procalcitonin levels in 43 children older than two months referred to Markaz Tebbi hospital. According to the results of universal PCR the patients were divided into two groups: bacterial meningitis (n=11 and nonbacterial meningitis (n=32. To analysis the results, Mann-Whitney test was used. Results: CSF procalcitonin level in bacterial meningitis was significantly higher than viral meningitis (1.72±0.9 ng/ml and 0.71±0.04ng/ml respectively,Pvalue= 0.00. A serum procalcitonin level >0.5 ng/ml had high sensitivity and specificity ( 90.1% and 97.1% respectively in the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. Conclusion: CSF procalcitonin level seems to be a valuable marker in differentiating between bacterial and viral meningitis.

  18. Diagnosis of ventricular drainage-related bacterial meningitis by broad-range real-time polymerase chain reaction

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    Deutch, Susanna; Dahlberg, Daniel; Hedegaard, Jesper;

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To compare a broad-range real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic strategy with culture to evaluate additional effects on the etiological diagnosis and the quantification of the bacterial load during the course of ventricular drainage-related bacterial meningitis (VR...

  19. LYMPHOCYTE SUBSETS AND CYTOKINES IN BLOOD AND CEREBROSPINAL FLUID IN CHILDREN WITH VIRAL AND BACTERIAL MENINGITIS

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    L. A. Alekseeva

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    Full Text Available Introduction of flow cytometry caused an increase in the investigation of liquor lymphocyte pool phenotype in the case of different brain disorders, including viral and bacterial meningitis, however this type of research in children has been relatively rare. Phenotype and lymphocyte functions are under cytokine control system, therefore detection of interconnections between lymphocyte pool subpopulation composition and cytokine level in blood and liquor of the patients concerns a great interest. The purpose of this research was to study lymphocyte subpopulation composition and the level of cytokines IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IFNα, IFNγ and IL-4, and also IgG in liquor and blood of children with viral and bacterial meningitis. There was performed blood and liquor investigation in 46 children aged from 1 to 16 years old with viral (n = 35 and bacterial (n = 11 meningitis. Immunophenotyping of blood and liquor cells was performed by the method of flow cytometry with the use of monoclonal antibodies to CD3, CD4, CD8, CD19, CD16, CD56, CD25 and CD95. The content of cytokines was detected in ELISA, and that of IgG — by the method of quantitative immunoturbodimetry. During an acute period of viral meningitis there was detected a decrease in NK portion and activated CD25+ cells in the blood of patients accompanied by the increase in B-lymphocytes number, along with cytokine IFNγ, IL-8 and IL-10 serum level rise. There was determined T-lymphocytes accumulation in liquor with the prevalence of CD4+ Т-cells and, to a lesser degree, CD25+ and CD95+ cells, NK and B-lymphocytes. Intrathecally there was noted the predominance of IL-6 response accompanied by the growth of IL-8 and IL-10 concentration as well. During an acute period of bacterial meningitis there was noted a decrease in percentage of CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ Т-lymphocytes, NK, CD25+ and CD95+ cells, along with, on the contrary, sharp increase in B-cells pool, simultaneously with

  20. [Characteristics of group A streptococcal meningitis in children].

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    Levy, C; Bidet, Ph; Bonacorsi, S; Béchet, S; Cohen, R

    2014-11-01

    Group A streptococcal (GAS) meningitis in children are rare. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical, biological and outcome data on GAS meningitis recorded in the Bacterial Meningitis (BM) French Surveillance Network (GPIP/ACTIV). From 2001 through 2012, 4,564 children suffering from proven bacterial meningitis were recorded in the data base. Among them, 0.7 % were GAS infections. The median age was 5.6 years. A history of community acquired infection before the onset of GAS meningitis was frequent. Apart from the identification of the bacterial species, GAS meningitis were clinically and biologically indistinguishable from meningitis caused by other pathogens notably S. pneumoniae. Case fatality rate was 8 %.

  1. A case report of acute pediatric bacterial meningitis due to the rare isolate, Pseudomonas putida

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    Grishma V. Kulkarni

    2016-01-01

    Acute bacterial meningitis (ABM) is the medical emergency which warrants an early diagnosis and an aggressive therapy. Despite the availability of the potent newer antibiotics, the mortality caused by ABM and its complications remain high in India, ranging from 16% to 32%. The aim of this case report is to present the rare isolation ofPseudomonas putida from cerebrospinal lfuid sample. Besides this, the author also emphasizes the importance of correctly identifying the organism and thus the selection of the most accurate antibiotic from the susceptibility proifle to allow for early recovery and to improve the patient outcome and survival.

  2. Childhood meningitis in the conjugate vaccine era: a prospective cohort study.

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    Sadarangani, Manish; Willis, Louise; Kadambari, Seilesh; Gormley, Stuart; Young, Zoe; Beckley, Rebecca; Gantlett, Katherine; Orf, Katharine; Blakey, Sarah; Martin, Natalie G; Kelly, Dominic F; Heath, Paul T; Nadel, Simon; Pollard, Andrew J

    2015-03-01

    Bacterial conjugate vaccines have dramatically changed the epidemiology of childhood meningitis; viral causes are increasingly predominant, but the current UK epidemiology is unknown. This prospective study recruited children under 16 years of age admitted to 3 UK hospitals with suspected meningitis. 70/388 children had meningitis-13 bacterial, 26 viral and 29 with no pathogen identified. Group B Streptococcus was the most common bacterial pathogen. Infants under 3 months of age with bacterial meningitis were more likely to have a reduced Glasgow Coma Score and respiratory distress than those with viral meningitis or other infections. There were no discriminatory clinical features in older children. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) white blood cell count and plasma C-reactive protein at all ages, and CSF protein in infants meningitis and viral meningitis or other infections. Improved diagnosis of non-bacterial meningitis is urgently needed to reduce antibiotic use and hospital stay.

  3. Effect of short-term hyperventilation on cerebral blood flow autoregulation in patients with acute bacterial meningitis

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    Møller, Kirsten

    2000-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cerebral blood flow (CBF) autoregulation is impaired in patients with acute bacterial meningitis: this may be caused by cerebral arteriolar dilatation. We tested the hypothesis that CBF autoregulation is recovered by acute mechanical hyperventilation in 9 adult patients...... with acute bacterial meningitis. METHODS: Norepinephrine was infused to increase mean arterial pressure (MAP) 30 mm Hg from baseline. Relative changes in CBF were concomitantly recorded by transcranial Doppler ultrasonography of the middle cerebral artery, measuring mean flow velocity (V...... completely during hyperventilation. The slope of the autoregulation curve decreased during hyperventilation compared with normoventilation (Pmeningitis, indicating...

  4. Usefulness of {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO-SPECT in evaluation of bacterial meningitis

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    Matsuda, Kentaro; Ando, Hiroshi; Sueyoshi, Keiko; Matsuyuki, Makado; Hashimoto, Nobuo; Ono, Eiichiro; Katsuragi, Makoto [St. Maria Hospital, Kurume, Fukuoka (Japan)

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    {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO SPECT was performed to detect the periodical changes of blood flow distribution in 6 infants (average age 5.5 months) with bacterial meningitis and was compared with findings by CT and MRI imaging, by DQ (developmental quotient) and by neurological examinations. SPECT was done with Shimadzu HEADTOME SET 70 for 20 min at 5 min after intravenous administration of {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO (111 MBq) at the stage of 16-26 days (SPECT I) after hospitalization, of 39-105 days (II) and/or of 138-197 days (III). The region of interest was set in both cerebellar hemispheres to calculate the mean pixel count c1 and in other 16 areas for the count c2. SPECT image was evaluated together with c2/c1 ratios. Head CT was performed at hospitalization or at the period around the SPECT I, and head MRI, at 39-183 days. At 3-5 months after crisis, evaluation was done for DQ and neurological signs. Periodical brain SPECT was found useful for the precise evaluation of bacterial meningitis and for prediction of its prognosis. (K.H.)

  5. Increased expression of BDNF and proliferation of dentate granule cells after bacterial meningitis.

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    Tauber, Simone C; Stadelmann, Christine; Spreer, Annette; Brück, Wolfgang; Nau, Roland; Gerber, Joachim

    2005-09-01

    Proliferation and differentiation of neural progenitor cells is increased after bacterial meningitis. To identify endogenous factors involved in neurogenesis, expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), TrkB, nerve growth factor (NGF), and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) was investigated. C57BL/6 mice were infected by intracerebral injection of Streptococcus pneumoniae. Mice were killed 30 hours later or treated with ceftriaxone and killed 4 days after infection. Hippocampal BDNF mRNA levels were increased 2.4-fold 4 days after infection (p = 0.026). Similarly, BDNF protein levels in the hippocampal formation were higher in infected mice than in control animals (p = 0.0003). This was accompanied by an elevated proliferation of dentate granule cells (p = 0.0002). BDNF protein was located predominantly in the hippocampal CA3/4 area and the hilus of the dentate gyrus. The density of dentate granule cells expressing the BDNF receptor TrkB as well as mRNA levels of TrkB in the hippocampal formation were increased 4 days after infection (p = 0.027 and 0.0048, respectively). Conversely, NGF mRNA levels at 30 hours after infection were reduced by approximately 50% (p = 0.004). No significant changes in GDNF expression were observed. In conclusion, increased synthesis of BDNF and TrkB suggests a contribution of this neurotrophic factor to neurogenesis after bacterial meningitis.

  6. Pneumococcal meningitis: clinical-pathological correlations (MeninGene-Path)

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    Engelen-Lee, J.Y.; Brouwer, M.C.; Aronica, E.; van de Beek, D.

    2016-01-01

    Pneumococcal meningitis is associated with substantial mortality and morbidity. We systematically assessed brain histopathology of 31 patients who died of pneumococcal meningitis from a nationwide study (median age 67 years; 21 (67 %) were male) using a pathology score including inflammation and vas

  7. Fatores de risco para meningite bacteriana no recém-nascido Risk factors for bacterial meningitis in the newborn

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    Vera Lúcia Jornada Krebs

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do estudo é descrever os fatores de risco para meningite bacteriana em recém-nascidos e analisar a prevalência destes fatores, considerando-se a presença ou não de baixo peso ao nascimento. Foram analisados 50 recém-nascidos com meningite bacteriana, excluindo-se aqueles com meningomielocele ou infecção congênita. Na análise estatística utilizou-se o teste exato de Fisher, considerando-se significantes os valores de p The aim of this study is to describe the risk factors for bacterial meningitis in newborns, and to analyze the prevalence of these factors, considering or not the low birth weight presence. Fifty newborns with bacterial meningitis were analyzed, excluding the ones with meningomyelocele or congenital infection. In the statistical analysis, the Fisher's exact test was used, considering significant the p < 0.05 values. This study has shown that prematurity, low birth weight and presence of previous infectious diseases in the newborn or in the mother were important risk factors for meningitis. Among low birth weight newborns, invasive procedures, especially tracheal intubation, use of central venous catheter and previous use of antibiotics, were significantly associated to the meningitis occurrence. These results indicate that the improvement in the prenatal care and in the hospital infection control are measures of high importance in the decrease of the incidence of neonatal bacterial meningitis.

  8. Clinical analysis of 26 cases with cryptococcal meningitis

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    Wei-wei HU

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective To study the clinical features of cryptococcal meningitis (CM and summarize its clinical manifestations, laboratory data, differential diagnosis and treatment, so as to discuss the treatment progress of CM.  Methods Clinical data of 26 cases with CM were retrospectively analyzed, and the treatment experiences were summarized.  Results All patients had headache and fever, and were positive for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF latex agglutination test. Twenty-one patients' CSF smear were found Cryptococcus neoformans. Almost 76.92% (20/26 of patients were cured or became better after receiving combined treatment of amphotericin B, flucytosine and fluconazole. The symptoms and signs of 4 patients who received combined treatment of amphotericin B and voriconazole were greatly improved.  Conclusions CM can prone to be misdiagnosed at early stage. CSF smear and fungi culture are beneficial to the diagnosis. Latex agglutination test is a quick and easy examination to reduce the misdiagnosis rate of CM. The combination of amphotericin B, flucytosine and fluconazole is effective for the treatment of CM. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2014.08.009

  9. Procalcitonin as a Serum Biomarker for Differentiation of Bacterial Meningitis From Viral Meningitis in Children: Evidence From a Meta-Analysis.

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    Henry, Brandon Michael; Roy, Joyeeta; Ramakrishnan, Piravin Kumar; Vikse, Jens; Tomaszewski, Krzysztof A; Walocha, Jerzy A

    2016-07-01

    Several studies have explored the use of serum procalcitonin (PCT) in differentiating between bacterial and viral etiologies in children with suspected meningitis. We pooled these studies into a meta-analysis to determine the PCT diagnostic accuracy. All major databases were searched through March 2015. No date or language restrictions were applied. Eight studies (n = 616 pediatric patients) were included. Serum PCT assay was found to be very accurate for differentiating the etiology of pediatric meningitis with pooled sensitivity and specificity of 0.96 (95% CI = 0.92-0.98) and 0.89 (95% CI = 0.86-0.92), respectively. The pooled positive likelihood ratio, negative likelihood ratio, diagnostic odds ratio (DOR), and area under the curve (AUC) for PCT were 7.5 (95% CI = 5.6-10.1), 0.08(95% CI = 0.04-0.14), 142.3 (95% CI = 59.5-340.4), and 0.97 (SE = 0.01), respectively. In 6 studies, PCT was found to be superior than CRP, whose DOR was only 16.7 (95%CI = 8.8-31.7). Our meta-analysis demonstrates that serum PCT assay is a highly accurate and powerful test for rapidly differentiating between bacterial and viral meningitis in children.

  10. The early dynamics study of cerebrospinal fluid bacterial in a rabbit model of bacterial meningitis%细菌性脑膜炎动物模型的脑脊液早期细菌动力学变化

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    徐凯进; 王华英; (居)红珍; 陈云波; 魏泽庆; 李永涛; 盛吉芳; 李兰娟

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    (r=0. 89, 0.84, respectively; P = 0.046, 0.049, respectively). Conclusions In the treatment of bacterial meningitis, effective and sufficient antibiotics should be used as soon as possible to control the CSF bacterial load and reduce the mortality. The CSF leukocyte count can be used as indicator of CSF bacterial load and guide the antibiotic treatment in clinical bacterial meningitis.

  11. Determination Of Appropriate Antibiotic In Bacterial Meningitis Of Children Based On MIC

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    Noorbakhsh S

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    Full Text Available Background: Bacterial meningitis is one of the most serious infections in infants and children. Three organisms include S.Pneumo;N.mening;H.Influ are the most common cause of meningitis in children between 2M-14y age.Etest is a new method for determination the MIC of some antimicrobial drugs in agarose .This method is useful for some organisms like as S .Pneumo; N.mening; H.Influ;sensitive Streptococcus and anaerobic ;aerobic gram negative. Materials and Methods: In this descriptive cross sectional study; In 57 suspected meningitis children ; organisms isolated from blood; CSF or other sterile boy fluid after culturing and antibiogram;. .MIC of someorganisms detected by Etest method. Results: Streptococcuswas the most prevalent ( 70% and S.pneumon( 90% of all Streptococcus; H.infl 2%;N.mening 4%and L.monocyt 6%(more than expected;Gram negative (Ecoli; Klebsiella; entrobacter and psudomona 18%. There was significant difference (P =0.01in type of organisms between age groups. S.pneumonia was more frequent in children > 2 year ;N.meningitis in>4yr old .Site of isolation :blood; CSF (35.8*;28.3%other sterile site 18.4%;concomitant positive culture in two site:17%.Mean age in Streptococcus was significantly different with Listeria (p=0.05; N.meningitis (p=0.04;H.influ (p=0.04;.but no difference with Staphylococcus;Klebsiella and E.coli Two type of H.inf were sensitive to Ampici or chloram ;both of them were sensitive to ceftiaxon. GBS were sensitive to PNC or Ampici Strep.nonAnonBnon- Cotrimoxazol>32mic/ml /PNC >256mic/ml/ Vanco>256mic/ml Strep.D: Cotrimoxazol>0.062mg/ml/ /PNC >0.016mic/ml/Imipenem>0.032mic/ml. Strep Pneumonia: All fo them were sensitive except 3 cases /Cotrimoxazol>2ic/ml /PNC =0.01mic/ml/Vanco>0.125mic/ m Vanco>0. 25mic/ ml/.Cotrimoxazol>2ic/ml / PNC =0.01mg/ml Vanco>0.125mic/ ml / Cotrimoxazol>2mic/ml /MIC-PNC >0.016mic/ml Therefore high dose of PNC is adequate for S.pneu ;because of Interm resistance to PNC All 3 N.menin were

  12. A CLINICAL AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY OF MENINGEAL TUMORS

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION The meninges surround and protect the central nervous system. They are composed of connective tissue proper and comprise three membranes the dura mater, the arachnoid and the pia mater. These membranes are composed of collagen fibres, a small number of elastic fires and endothelial cells. The incidence of intracranial tumors depends on the sources and methods used to collect the data. The general consensus is that the annual incidence rate of primary intracranial neoplasm is between 10 and 12 per 100,000 and these constitute approximately 9% of all primary cancers. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The aim is to study the most common signs that the patient presents in the clinic and to study the epidemiology of the disease. The material used in this study was obtained from 100 cases of intracranial tumours in various colleges of South of India, which I have worked. The sample was obtained over a period of 5 years from May 2007 to May 2012. The most common symptoms that were found in the present study was consistent headache and projectile vomiting. There were 9 grade 1 meningiomas, out of which 5 were meningothelial, microscopically composed of meningothelial cells with ovoid large pale nuclei with vacuoles of cytoplasmic invagination and inconspicuous cytoplasmic borders, the cells are arranged concentrically around calcified blood vessels or connective tissue.

  13. Perfil etiológico das meningites bacterianas em crianças Etiological profile of bacterial meningitis in children

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    Orlando C. Mantese

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    meningite bacteriana continua tendo uma importante mortalidade entre as crianças, principalmente quando causada pelo pneumococo.Objective: To determine the etiologic profile and analyze some epidemiological aspects of children with bacterial meningitis admitted to a public teaching hospital. Methods: A prospective study was conducted on children with clinical and laboratory diagnosis of bacterial meningitis, admitted to Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, from January 1987 to January 2001. Patients with meningitis associated with trauma, intracranial devices or malformations of the neural tube, and tuberculosis, were not included in the study. Results: From a total of 415 children with bacterial meningitis, the etiologic agent was detected in 315 (75.9%: Haemophilus influenzae b in 54.2%, meningococci in 20.6%, pneumococci in 18.1% and other agents, in 6.9%. Previous antibiotic treatment, observed in 47.2% of the cases, led to a significant decrease in positive blood cultures (from 50.8% to 38.7% and in cerebrospinal fluid cultures (from 71.7% to 57.6%. Among children younger than 48 months Haemophilus influenzae b was predominant, particularly when compared to meningococci. The overall mortality was 10.1%, with a significant difference between the rates of pneumococcal (17.5% and meningococcal meningitis (4.6%. Conclusions: Children affected by Haemophilus influenzae b and by pneumococci were younger than those with meningitis caused by meningococci. The blood and/or cerebrospinal fluid culture remains an important laboratory tool for etiologic diagnosis, despite the negative impact caused by antibiotic previous treatment. The agents most commonly detected were Haemophilus influenzae b, meningococci and pneumococci. Bacterial meningitis continues to present an important mortality among children, particularly when caused by pneumococci.

  14. Acute bacterial meningitis caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae resistant to the antimicrobian agents and their serotypes Meningite bacteriana aguda por Streptococcus pneumoniae resistente aos antimicrobianos e seus sorotipos

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    Andrea Maciel de Oliveira Rossoni; Libera Maria Dalla Costa; Denize Bonato Berto; Sônia Santos Farah; Marilene Gelain; Maria Cristina de Cunto Brandileone; Vitor Hugo Mariano Ramos; Sergio Monteiro de Almeida

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    The main objectives of this study are to evaluate the resistance rates of Streptococcus pneumonia to penicillin G, ceftriaxone and vancomycin in patients with meningitis; to analyze possible risk factors to the antimicrobian resistance; to describe the serotypes detected and to suggest an initial empirical treatment for meningitis. The sensitiveness and serotypes of all isolated S. pneumoniae of patients with acute bacterial meningitis received by the Paraná State Central Laboratory from Apri...

  15. Neuron-Specific Enolase Is Correlated to Compromised Cerebral Metabolism in Patients Suffering from Acute Bacterial Meningitis; An Observational Cohort Study

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    Bartek, Jiri; Thelin, Eric Peter; Ghatan, Per Hamid;

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    INTRODUCTION: Patients suffering from acute bacterial meningitis (ABM) with a decreased level of consciousness have been shown to have an improved clinical outcome if treated with an intracranial pressure (ICP) guided therapy. By using intracranial microdialysis (MD) to monitor cerebral metabolism......) guided therapy. Serum biomarkers were obtained at admission and every 12 hours. The MD parameters glucose, lactate, pyruvate and glycerol were analyzed. Outcome was assessed at 12-55 months after discharge from hospital. Mann-Whitney U-Test and Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed rank test were applied...

  16. Meningitis tuberculosa: Clinical findings and results of cranial computed tomography

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    Trautmann, M.; Loddenkemper, R.; Hoffmann, H.G.

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    Guided by 9 own observations between 1977 and 1981, new diagnostic facilities in tuberculous meningitis are discussed. For differentiation from viral meningitis, measurement of CSF lactic acid concentration in addition to that of CSF glucose has proved to be of value in recent years. In accordance with the literature, two cases of this series which were examined for CSF lactic acid concentration showed markedly elevated levels of 8,4 rsp. 10,4 mmol/l. In contrast to this, in viral meningitis usually values of less than 3.5 mmol/l are found. Additionally, the presence of hypochlor- and hyponatremia, which could be demonstrated in 6 of our 9 patients, may raise the suspicion of tuberculous etiology. In the series presented, cranial computed tomography was of greatest diagnostic value, enabling the diagnosis of hydrocephalus internus in 5, and basal arachnoiditis in 2 cases.

  17. The clinical and cerebrospinal fluid cytological features of tuberculous meningitis

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    YANG Xiao

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective To analyze the clinical and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF cytological features of patients with tuberculous meningitis (TBM, to improve early diagnostic accuracy and treatment of TBM. Methods Clinical presentations, etiology and biochemical and cytological features of CSF were analyzed retrospectively among 60 adult cases with TBM hospitalized at Neurology Department of General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University from January 2005 to May 2011. Results Most patients (58/60, 96.67% had fever and headache at onset. In some patients, disturbance of consciousness (9/60, 15.00%, seizure (5/60, 8.33% occurred in 1 week and focal neurological signs developed during the course. Forty?four patients (73.33% had pulmonary tuberculosis history. In CSF examination, acid?fast bacillus positive was found in 8 patients. Positive acid ? fast myobacterium tuberculous culture was detected in 5 patients and positive myobacterium tuberculosis DNA were seen in 5 patients. The main changes of CSF were intracranial hypertension, increase of protein, and decrease of glucose. CSF presented mixed cellular response with predominace in the increasing of leucocytes. During early stage the mean percentage of neutrophil in CSF was less than 40%. After short term (as long as 2 months of regular antituberculotic therapy no significant changes in total cell count and the proportion of neutrophils were seen. In 60 patients, 44 patients were ameliorated, 11 were not healed or were discharged or transferred to other hospital and 5 were dead. Prognosis of patients treated within 3 weeks after onsets was superiorly to those treated at more than 3 weeks after onset. Conclusion There are no specific clinical features in TBM and it is hard to perform early diagnosis for TBM, particularly, existing of low efficiency in pathogenic detection, but pulmonary tuberculosis is of accessary value to diagnose TBM. Whereas mixed cellular response may complementarily provide the diagnosis of

  18. Evolution of bacterial meningitis diagnosis in Sao Paulo State-Brazil and future challenges

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    Maristela Marques Salgado

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    Full Text Available Bacterial meningitis (BM is a severe disease and still represents a serious public health problem with high rates of morbidity and mortality. The most common cases of BM around the world, mainly in Brazil, have been caused by Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Haemophilus influenzae type b. Bacterial culture is the gold-standard technique for BM confirmation, but approximately 50% of suspected cases are not culture-confirmed, due to problems related to improper transportation and seeding or previous antibiotic treatment. Immunological methods present low sensitivity and have possibility of cross-reactions. Real time PCR (qPCR is a molecular technique and has been successful used for BM diagnosis at Instituto Adolfo Lutz in São Paulo State, Brazil, since 2007. The incorporation of qPCR in the Public Health surveillance routine in our state resulted in diminishing 50% of undetermined BM cases. Our efforts are focused on qPCR implementation in the BM diagnostic routine throughout Brazil.

  19. Etiology and clinical management of adult meningitis in Indonesia

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    Rizal Ganiem, A.

    2013-01-01

    This thesis consists of 8 chapters and addresses the etiology, diagnosis, outcome and treatment of adult meningitis in Indonesia. The studies were conducted in Hasan Sadikin Hospital, Bandung, the referral hospital for West Java province, Indonesia between December 2006 and August 2012. In a cohor

  20. 脑脊液血管内皮生长因子(VEGF)检测在鉴别诊断细菌性脑膜炎和病毒性脑膜炎中的意义%Significance on VEGF in cerebrospinal fluid for differentiating bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis

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    程大也; 梁彬

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To study the value of VEGF in the differential diagnosis of bacterial and viral meningitis. METHODS A total of 26 patients with bacterial meningitis, 29 patients with viral meningitis and 22 patients without bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis were analyzed. The level of VEGF was measured by ELJSA method. The optimal cut-offs of VEGF was identified by ROC curve. The correlation of VEGF and WBC count was evaluated with linear regression. RESULTS VEGF level in cere-brospinal fluid in bacterial meningitis was higher than those in viral meningitis and the control (P 0.05). The diagnostic accuracy of VEGF combined with WBC count was higher than those alone. The correlation of VEGF and WBC count was 0.5122 (P < 0.01). CONCLUSION VEGF in cerebrospinal fluid in the differential diagnosis of bacterial and viral meningitis has clinical application value.%目的 探讨脑脊液VEGF水平在细菌性脑膜炎和病毒性脑膜炎中的诊断价值.方法 对26例细菌性脑膜炎,29例病毒性脑膜炎和22例排除细菌性和病毒性脑膜炎的脑脊液VEGF水平进行检测.应用受试者工作特征曲线(ROC)进行评价,并采用直线回归方法进行相关性分析.结果 细菌性脑膜炎组脑脊液VEGF水平明显高于病毒性脑膜炎组和对照组(P<0.01),病毒性脑膜炎组和对照组脑脊液VEGF水平无统计学差异.VEGF和白细胞计数联合诊断的灵敏度和特异度高于单项指标诊断.脑脊液VEGF和白细胞计数水平呈明显正相关,相关系数为0.5122 (P< 0.01).结论 脑脊液VEGF的检测可以用于对细菌性脑膜炎的鉴别诊断,可将其作为细菌性脑膜炎诊断的有益补充.

  1. Clinical manifestations of Eosinophilic meningitis due to infection with Angiostrongylus cantonensis in children.

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    Sawanyawisuth, Kittisak; Chindaprasirt, Jarin; Senthong, Vichai; Limpawattana, Panita; Auvichayapat, Narong; Tassniyom, Sompon; Chotmongkol, Verajit; Maleewong, Wanchai; Intapan, Pewpan M

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    Eosinophilic meningitis, caused by the nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis, is prevalent in northeastern Thailand, most commonly in adults. Data regarding clinical manifestations of this condition in children is limited and may be different those in adults. A chart review was done on 19 eosinophilic meningitis patients aged less than 15 years in Srinagarind Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Thailand. Clinical manifestations and outcomes were reported using descriptive statistics. All patients had presented with severe headache. Most patients were males, had fever, nausea or vomiting, stiffness of the neck, and a history of snail ingestion. Six patients had papilledema or cranial nerve palsies. It was shown that the clinical manifestations of eosinophilic meningitis due to A. cantonensis in children are different from those in adult patients. Fever, nausea, vomiting, hepatomegaly, neck stiffness, and cranial nerve palsies were all more common in children than in adults.

  2. A broad range assay for rapid detection and etiologic characterization of bacterial meningitis: performance testing in samples from sub-Sahara☆, ☆☆,★

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    Won, Helen; Yang, Samuel; Gaydos, Charlotte; Hardick, Justin; Ramachandran, Padmini; Hsieh, Yu-Hsiang; Kecojevic, Alexander; Njanpop-Lafourcade, Berthe-Marie; Mueller, Judith E.; Tameklo, Tsidi Agbeko; Badziklou, Kossi; Gessner, Bradford D.; Rothman, Richard E.

    2012-01-01

    This study aimed to conduct a pilot evaluation of broad-based multiprobe polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in clinical cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples compared to local conventional PCR/culture methods used for bacterial meningitis surveillance. A previously described PCR consisting of initial broad-based detection of Eubacteriales by a universal probe, followed by Gram typing, and pathogen-specific probes was designed targeting variable regions of the 16S rRNA gene. The diagnostic performance of the 16S rRNA assay in “”127 CSF samples was evaluated in samples from patients from Togo, Africa, by comparison to conventional PCR/culture methods. Our probes detected Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Haemophilus influenzae. Uniprobe sensitivity and specificity versus conventional PCR were 100% and 54.6%, respectively. Sensitivity and specificity of uniprobe versus culture methods were 96.5% and 52.5%, respectively. Gram-typing probes correctly typed 98.8% (82/83) and pathogen-specific probes identified 96.4% (80/83) of the positives. This broad-based PCR algorithm successfully detected and provided species level information for multiple bacterial meningitis agents in clinical samples. PMID:22809694

  3. Cerebral blood flow and carbon dioxide reactivity in children with bacterial meningitis

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    Ashwal, S.; Stringer, W.; Tomasi, L.; Schneider, S.; Thompson, J.; Perkin, R. (Loma Linda Univ. School of Medicine, CA (USA))

    1990-10-01

    We examined total and regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) by stable xenon computed tomography in 20 seriously ill children with acute bacterial meningitis to determine whether CBF was reduced and to examine the changes in CBF during hyperventilation. In 13 children, total CBF was normal (62 +/- 20 ml/min/100 gm) but marked local variability of flow was seen. In five other children, total CBF was significantly reduced (26 +/- 10 ml/min/100 gm; p less than 0.05), with flow reduced more in white matter (8 +/- 5 ml/min/100 gm) than in gray matter (30 +/- 15 ml/min/100 gm). Autoregulation of CBF appeared to be present in these 18 children within a range of mean arterial blood pressure from 56 to 102 mm Hg. In the remaining two infants, brain dead within the first 24 hours, total flow was uniformly absent, averaging 3 +/- 3 ml/min/100 gm. In seven children, CBF was determined at two carbon dioxide tension (PCO2) levels: 40 (+/- 3) mm Hg and 29 (+/- 3) mm Hg. In six children, total CBF decreased 33%, from 52 (+/- 25) to 35 (+/- 15) ml/min/100 gm; the mean percentage of change in CBF per millimeter of mercury of PCO2 was 3.0%. Regional variability of perfusion to changes in PCO2 was marked in all six children. The percentage of change in CBF per millimeter of mercury of PCO2 was similar in frontal gray matter (3.1%) but higher in white matter (4.5%). In the seventh patient a paradoxical response was observed; total and regional CBF increased 25% after hyperventilation. Our findings demonstrate that (1) CBF in children with bacterial meningitis may be substantially decreased globally, with even more variability noted regionally, (2) autoregulation of CBF is preserved, (3) CBF/CO2 responsitivity varies among patients and in different regions of the brain in the same patient, and (4) hyperventilation can reduce CBF below ischemic thresholds.

  4. 血清降钙素原在细菌性脑膜炎诊断中的应用%The significance of serum procalcitonin in diagnosis of bacterial meningitis

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    田玉峰; 王家安

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the clinical significance of serum procalcitonin in identification and diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.Methods:Among the 22 children bacterial meningitis and 15 children bacterial meningitis,serum procalcitonin(PCT)、C-reactive protein(CRP) concentration levels were measured. And 20 outpatients were measured as normal control.Results:The level of PCT and CRP was significantly higher in the bacterial meningitis group than the viral meningitis group and normal control, there were significant differences in the two groups(P6 ng/ ml as a threshold for the diagnosis of children bacterial meningitis, the sensitivity is 95% and specificity is 99%. However, take serum CRP >25mg/L as a threshold for the diagnosis of children bacterial meningitis, the sensitivity is 83% and specificity is 87%. Conclusions:It suggested that serum procalcitonin can be useful in identification and diagnosis of severe acute pancreatitis,better than CRP.%目的:评价血清降钙素原在细菌性脑膜炎鉴别诊断中的临床意义。方法:对22例儿童细菌性脑膜炎和15例儿童病毒性脑膜炎进行血清降钙素原、C-反应蛋白检测,同时以20例正常体检人群做对照。结果:细菌性脑膜炎组血清降钙素原和C-反应蛋白明显高于病毒性脑膜炎组和对照组,差异均具有统计学差异(P<0.05),PCT能显著区分开细菌性和病毒性脑膜炎,CRP在两组间存在浓度重叠,无法完全区分开细菌性和病毒性脑膜炎。PCT诊断细菌性脑膜炎的灵敏度和特异性为95%,99%,CRP诊断细菌性脑膜炎的灵敏度和特异性为83%,87%。结论:血清降钙素原对于细菌性脑膜炎具有优异的鉴别和诊断效果,优于C-反应蛋白。

  5. Polymorphisms in Toll-like receptors 2, 4, and 9 are highly associated with hearing loss in survivors of bacterial meningitis.

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    Gijs Th J van Well

    Full Text Available Genetic variation in innate immune response genes contributes to inter-individual differences in disease manifestation and degree of complications upon infection. We recently described an association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs in TLR9 with susceptibility to meningococcal meningitis (MM. In this study, we investigate the association of SNPs in multiple pathogen recognition and immune response genes with clinical features that determine severity and outcome (especially hearing loss of childhood MM and pneumococcal meningitis (PM. Eleven SNPs in seven genes (TLR2, TLR4, TLR9, NOD1, NOD2, CASP1, and TRAIL were genotyped in 393 survivors of childhood bacterial meningitis (BM (327 MM patients and 66 PM patients. Genotype distributions of single SNPs and combination of SNPs were compared between thirteen clinical characteristics associated with severity of BM. After correction for multiple testing, TLR4+896 mutant alleles were highly associated with post-meningitis hearing loss, especially MM (p= 0.001, OR 4.0 for BM, p= 0.0004, OR 6.2 for MM. In a multigene analysis, combined carriership of the TLR2+2477 wild type (WT with TLR4+896 mutant alleles increases the risk of hearing loss (p<0.0001, OR 5.7 in BM and p= 0.0001, OR 7.6 in MM. Carriage of one or both mutant alleles in TLR4+896 and TLR9 -1237 increases the risk for hearing loss (p = 0.0006, OR 4.1 in BM. SNPs in immune response genes contribute to differences in clinical severity and outcome of BM. The TLR system seems to play an important role in the immune response to BM and subsequent neuronal damage as well as in cochlear inflammation. Genetic markers may be used for identification of high-risk patients by creating prediction rules for post-meningitis hearing loss and other sequelae, and provide more insight in the complex immune response in the CNS possibly resulting in new therapeutic interventions.

  6. Improved outcome of bacterial meningitis associated with use of corticosteroid treatment

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    Baunbæk-Knudsen, Gertrud; Sølling, Mette; Farre, Annette;

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    were included in the study. The population had a median age of 62 years and 31% had an immunosuppressive co-morbidity. Eighty-nine patients had an unfavourable outcome (GOS score = 1-4). Adjuvant treatment with corticosteroids (RR = 0.48; 95% CI = 0.30-0.76) was associated with a favourable outcome...... (GOS score = 5), while altered mental status (RR = 2.36; 95% CI = 1.17-4.78) and age (RR = 1.03; 95% CI = 1.01-1.04) per year increment was associated with an unfavourable outcome. Adjuvant corticosteroid treatment did not affect short- or long-term survival. Short-term mortality was influenced by age...... (RR = 1.06; 95% CI = 1.04-1.09). Long-term mortality was influenced by age (RR = 1.06; 95% CI = 1.03-1.08) and female sex (RR = 1.81; 95% CI = 1.05-3.14). CONCLUSION: This study indicated that adjuvant corticosteroid treatment in acute bacterial meningitis improves the outcome and can safely...

  7. Streptococcus suis, an important cause of adult bacterial meningitis in northern Vietnam.

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    Heiman F L Wertheim

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Streptococcus suis can cause severe systemic infection in adults exposed to infected pigs or after consumption of undercooked pig products. S. suis is often misdiagnosed, due to lack of awareness and improper testing. Here we report the first fifty cases diagnosed with S. suis infection in northern Viet Nam. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In 2007, diagnostics for S. suis were set up at a national hospital in Hanoi. That year there were 43 S. suis positive cerebrospinal fluid samples, of which S. suis could be cultured in 32 cases and 11 cases were only positive by PCR. Seven patients were blood culture positive for S. suis but CSF culture and PCR negative; making a total of 50 patients with laboratory confirmed S. suis infection in 2007. The number of S. suis cases peaked during the warmer months. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: S. suis was commonly diagnosed as a cause of bacterial meningitis in adults in northern Viet Nam. In countries where there is intense and widespread exposure of humans to pigs, S. suis can be an important human pathogen.

  8. Chemical meningitis in metrizamide myelography. A report of seven cases

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    Sand, T.; Hesselberg, J.P.; Anda, S.; Dale, L.; Hellum, K.

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    Seven patients with acute chemcial meningitis after metrizamide myelography are described. Five of the cases occurred within a time span of two months. Clinical and cerebrospinal fluid findings in the acute stage of the illness were similar to findings in acute bacterial meningitis. Possible causes of this complication are discussed. (orig.).

  9. Picornaviruses in cerebrospinal fluid of children with meningitis in Luanda, Angola.

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    Pelkonen, Tuula; Roine, Irmeli; Anjos, Elizabete; Kaijalainen, Svetlana; Roivainen, Merja; Peltola, Heikki; Pitkäranta, Anne

    2012-07-01

    Human enteroviruses are the most common cause of viral meningitis. Viral-bacterial interaction may affect the clinical course and outcome of bacterial meningitis. In Africa, viruses might be responsible for 14-25% of all meningitis cases. However, only few studies from Africa have reported detection of viruses in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or mixed viral-bacterial infections of the central nervous system (CNS). The aim of the present study was to investigate the presence of picornaviruses in the CSF of children suffering from meningitis in Luanda, Angola. The study included 142 consecutive children enrolled in a prospective study of bacterial meningitis in Luanda between 2005 and 2006, from whom a CSF sample was available. CSF samples were obtained at hospital admission, stored in a deep-freeze, and transported to Finland for testing by real-time PCR for picornaviruses. Enteroviruses were detected in 4 (3%) of 142 children with presumed bacterial meningitis. A 5-month-old girl with rhinovirus and Haemophilus influenzae meningitis recovered uneventfully. An 8-year-old girl with human enterovirus and pneumococcal meningitis developed no sequelae. A 2-month-old girl with human enterovirus and malaria recovered quickly. A 7-month-old girl with human enterovirus was treated for presumed tuberculous meningitis and survived with severe sequelae. Mixed infections of the CNS with picornaviruses and bacteria are rare. Detection of an enterovirus does not affect the clinical picture and outcome of bacterial meningitis.

  10. Development of Real-Time PCR Methods for the Detection of Bacterial Meningitis Pathogens without DNA Extraction.

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    Jeni Vuong

    Full Text Available Neisseria meningitidis (Nm, Haemophilus influenzae (Hi, and Streptococcus pneumoniae (Sp are the lead causes of bacterial meningitis. Detection of these pathogens from clinical specimens using traditional real-time PCR (rt-PCR requires DNA extraction to remove the PCR inhibitors prior to testing, which is time consuming and labor intensive. In this study, five species-specific (Nm-sodC and -ctrA, Hi-hpd#1 and -hpd#3 and Sp-lytA and six serogroup-specific rt-PCR tests (A, B, C, W, X, Y targeting Nm capsular genes were evaluated in the two direct rt-PCR methods using PerfeCTa and 5x Omni that do not require DNA extraction. The sensitivity and specify of the two direct rt-PCR methods were compared to TaqMan traditional rt-PCR, the current standard rt-PCR method for the detection of meningitis pathogens. The LLD for all 11 rt-PCR tests ranged from 6,227 to 272,229 CFU/ml for TaqMan, 1,824-135,982 for 5x Omni, and 168-6,836 CFU/ml for PerfeCTa. The diagnostic sensitivity using TaqMan ranged from 89.2%-99.6%, except for NmB-csb, which was 69.7%. For 5x Omni, the sensitivity varied from 67.1% to 99.8%, with three tests below 90%. The sensitivity of these tests using PerfeCTa varied from 89.4% to 99.8%. The specificity ranges of the 11 tests were 98.0-99.9%, 97.5-99.9%, and 92.9-99.9% for TaqMan, 5x Omni, and PerfeCTa, respectively. PerfeCTa direct rt-PCR demonstrated similar or better sensitivity compared to 5x Omni direct rt-PCR or TaqMan traditional rt-PCR. Since the direct rt-PCR method does not require DNA extraction, it reduces the time and cost for processing CSF specimens, increases testing throughput, decreases the risk of cross-contamination, and conserves precious CSF. The direct rt-PCR method will be beneficial to laboratories with high testing volume.

  11. Development of Real-Time PCR Methods for the Detection of Bacterial Meningitis Pathogens without DNA Extraction

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    Vuong, Jeni; Collard, Jean-Marc; Whaley, Melissa J.; Bassira, Issaka; Seidou, Issaka; Diarra, Seydou; Ouédraogo, Rasmata T.; Kambiré, Dinanibè; Taylor, Thomas H.; Sacchi, Claudio; Mayer, Leonard W.; Wang, Xin

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    Neisseria meningitidis (Nm), Haemophilus influenzae (Hi), and Streptococcus pneumoniae (Sp) are the lead causes of bacterial meningitis. Detection of these pathogens from clinical specimens using traditional real-time PCR (rt-PCR) requires DNA extraction to remove the PCR inhibitors prior to testing, which is time consuming and labor intensive. In this study, five species-specific (Nm-sodC and -ctrA, Hi-hpd#1 and -hpd#3 and Sp-lytA) and six serogroup-specific rt-PCR tests (A, B, C, W, X, Y) targeting Nm capsular genes were evaluated in the two direct rt-PCR methods using PerfeCTa and 5x Omni that do not require DNA extraction. The sensitivity and specify of the two direct rt-PCR methods were compared to TaqMan traditional rt-PCR, the current standard rt-PCR method for the detection of meningitis pathogens. The LLD for all 11 rt-PCR tests ranged from 6,227 to 272,229 CFU/ml for TaqMan, 1,824–135,982 for 5x Omni, and 168–6,836 CFU/ml for PerfeCTa. The diagnostic sensitivity using TaqMan ranged from 89.2%-99.6%, except for NmB-csb, which was 69.7%. For 5x Omni, the sensitivity varied from 67.1% to 99.8%, with three tests below 90%. The sensitivity of these tests using PerfeCTa varied from 89.4% to 99.8%. The specificity ranges of the 11 tests were 98.0–99.9%, 97.5–99.9%, and 92.9–99.9% for TaqMan, 5x Omni, and PerfeCTa, respectively. PerfeCTa direct rt-PCR demonstrated similar or better sensitivity compared to 5x Omni direct rt-PCR or TaqMan traditional rt-PCR. Since the direct rt-PCR method does not require DNA extraction, it reduces the time and cost for processing CSF specimens, increases testing throughput, decreases the risk of cross-contamination, and conserves precious CSF. The direct rt-PCR method will be beneficial to laboratories with high testing volume. PMID:26829233

  12. Pathogenic Triad in Bacterial Meningitis: Pathogen Invasion, NF-κB Activation, and Leukocyte Transmigration that Occur at the Blood-Brain Barrier.

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    Wang, Shifu; Peng, Liang; Gai, Zhongtao; Zhang, Lehai; Jong, Ambrose; Cao, Hong; Huang, Sheng-He

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial meningitis remains the leading cause of disabilities worldwide. This life-threatening disease has a high mortality rate despite the availability of antibiotics and improved critical care. The interactions between bacterial surface components and host defense systems that initiate bacterial meningitis have been studied in molecular and cellular detail over the past several decades. Bacterial meningitis commonly exhibits triad hallmark features (THFs): pathogen penetration, nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB) activation in coordination with type 1 interferon (IFN) signaling and leukocyte transmigration that occur at the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which consists mainly of brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMEC). This review outlines the progression of these early inter-correlated events contributing to the central nervous system (CNS) inflammation and injury during the pathogenesis of bacterial meningitis. A better understanding of these issues is not only imperative to elucidating the pathogenic mechanism of bacterial meningitis, but may also provide the in-depth insight into the development of novel therapeutic interventions against this disease.

  13. Pathogenic triad in bacterial meningitis: pathogen invasion, NF-κB activation and leukocyte transmigration that occur at the Blood-Brain Barrier

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    Full Text Available Bacterial meningitis remains the leading cause of disabilities worldwide. This life-threatening disease has a high mortality rate despite the availability of antibiotics and improved critical care. The interactions between bacterial surface components and host defense systems that initiate bacterial meningitis have been studied in molecular and cellular detail over the past several decades. Bacterial meningitis commonly exhibits triad hallmark features (THFs: pathogen penetration, nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-B activation in coordination with type 1 interferon (IFN signaling and leukocyte transmigration that occur at the blood-brain barrier (BBB, which consists mainly of brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMEC. This review outlines the progression of these early inter-correlated events contributing to the central nervous system (CNS inflammation and injury during the pathogenesis of bacterial meningitis. A better understanding of these issues is not only imperative to elucidating the pathogenic mechanism of bacterial meningitis, but may also provide the in-depth insight into the development of novel therapeutic interventions against this disease.

  14. Protecting the herd: the remarkable effectiveness of the bacterial meningitis polysaccharide-protein conjugate vaccines in altering transmission dynamics.

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    Stephens, David S

    2011-01-01

    Interrupting human-to-human transmission of the agents (Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae, and Streptococcus pneumoniae) of bacterial meningitis by new capsular polysaccharide-protein conjugate vaccines (PPCVs) has proven to be a remarkable (and unanticipated) contributor to vaccine effectiveness. Herd immunity accounts for ∼50% of the protection by meningococcal serogroup C PPCVs, pneumococcal PPCV7, and H. influenzae b PPCVs. Nasopharyngeal carriage can be reduced ≥75% for vaccine serotypes; the decrease in carriage is correlated with disease reduction in unvaccinated individuals, and the impact of herd immunity lasts for years. Based on these data, models for using herd immunity in vaccine-based prevention strategies are underway for control of meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa. Although the immunologic basis of herd immunity and impact on microbial biology need more study, protecting the unvaccinated by altering pathogen transmission dynamics is a powerful effect of PPCVs and increasingly important in vaccine introduction, implementation, and evaluation strategies.

  15. Rapid diagnosis of meningitis using reagent strips

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    Parmar Ramesh

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Identification of causative agent with estimation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF glucose, protein, cells is necessary for accurate diagnosis of meningitis. Unfortunately, even these facilities are not available in many areas. Reagent strips that measure glucose and protein in blood and urine can serve this task but have been used with varying results in the past. This study was carried out to evaluate the utility and efficacy of Combur 10 strips in the diagnosis of meningitis. DESIGN, SETTINGS AND METHODS: A prospective clinical single blinded study of 63 children suspected to have meningitis undergoing CSF analysis. Each CSF sample was divided in to two and was utilised for reagent strip analysis in addition to standard laboratory evaluation and a correlation analysis were made. Statistical Method used: Results were analysed using standard statistical tests. Accuracy of the reagent strips as a screening tool was established using Godyn′s test. RESULTS: The sensitivity, specificity of the reagent strips for the diagnosis of meningitis was 97.14%, 96.42%. The sensitivity, specificity for tuberculous meningitis and bacterial meningitis were 100%, and 96.55%. That for the aseptic meningitis was 70% and 96.55%. Accuracy for the diagnosis of meningitis as a whole, bacterial meningitis, tuberculous meningitis, and aseptic meningitis were 96.78%, 98.2%, 98.27% and 83.0% respectively. CONCLUSION: Combur10 strips thus can be used for the rapid CSF analysis and screening with good accuracy. In situations where facilities of routine laboratory testing are not available this can be of an immense help.

  16. Attenuation of the bacterial load in blood by pretreatment with granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor protects rats from fatal outcome and brain damage during Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis

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    Brandt, Christian T; Lundgren, Jens D; Lund, Søren Peter

    2004-01-01

    A model of pneumococcal meningitis in young adult rats receiving antibiotics once the infection was established was developed. The intent was to mimic clinical and histopathological features of pneumococcal meningitis in humans. The primary aim of the present study was to evaluate whether medical...

  17. Blockade of NMDA receptor subtype NR2B prevents seizures but not apoptosis of dentate gyrus neurons in bacterial meningitis in infant rats

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    Täuber Martin G

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Excitotoxic neuronal injury by action of the glutamate receptors of the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA subtype have been implicated in the pathogenesis of brain damage as a consequence of bacterial meningitis. The most potent and selective blocker of NMDA receptors containing the NR2B subunit is (R,S-alpha-(4-hydroxyphenyl-beta-methyl-4-(phenylmethyl-1-piperid inepropanol (RO 25-6981. Here we evaluated the effect of RO 25-6981 on hippocampal neuronal apoptosis in an infant rat model of meningitis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae. Animals were randomized for treatment with RO 25-6981 at a dosage of either 0.375 mg (15 mg/kg; n = 28 or 3.75 mg (150 mg/kg; n = 15 every 3 h or an equal volume of sterile saline (250 μl; n = 40 starting at 12 h after infection. Eighteen hours after infection, animals were assessed clinically and seizures were observed for a period of 2 h. At 24 h after infection animals were sacrificed and brains were examined for apoptotic injury to the dentate granule cell layer of the hippocampus. Results Treatment with RO 25-6981 had no effect on clinical scores, but the incidence of seizures was reduced (P Conclusions Treatment with a highly selective blocker of NMDA receptors containing the NR2B subunit failed to protect hippocampal neurons from injury in this model of pneumococcal meningitis, while it had some beneficial effect on the incidence of seizures.

  18. Predicting sequelae and death after bacterial meningitis in childhood: A systematic review of prognostic studies

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    Gemke Reinoud JBJ

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bacterial meningitis (BM is a severe infection responsible for high mortality and disabling sequelae. Early identification of patients at high risk of these outcomes is necessary to prevent their occurrence by adequate treatment as much as possible. For this reason, several prognostic models have been developed. The objective of this study is to summarize the evidence regarding prognostic factors predicting death or sequelae due to BM in children 0-18 years of age. Methods A search in MEDLINE and EMBASE was conducted to identify prognostic studies on risk factors for mortality and sequelae after BM in children. Selection of abstracts, full-text articles and assessment of methodological quality using the QUIPS checklist was performed by two reviewers independently. Data on prognostic factors per outcome were summarized. Results Of the 31 studies identified, 15 were of moderate to high quality. Due to substantial heterogeneity in study characteristics and evaluated prognostic factors, no quantitative analysis was performed. Prognostic factors found to be statistically significant in more than one study of moderate or high quality are: complaints >48 hours before admission, coma/impaired consciousness, (prolonged duration of seizures, (prolonged fever, shock, peripheral circulatory failure, respiratory distress, absence of petechiae, causative pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae, young age, male gender, several cerebrospinal fluid (CSF parameters and white blood cell (WBC count. Conclusions Although several important prognostic factors for the prediction of mortality or sequelae after BM were identified, the inability to perform a pooled analysis makes the exact (independent predictive value of these factors uncertain. This emphasizes the need for additional well-conducted prognostic studies.

  19. Prevalence of MDR pathogens of bacterial meningitis in Egypt and new synergistic antibiotic combinations

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    Abdelkader, Mona M.; Aboshanab, Khaled M.; El-Ashry, Marwa A.; Aboulwafa, Mohammad M.

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study was identifying bacterial pathogens involved in meningitis, studying their antibiotic resistance profiles, investigating the antibiotic resistance genes as well as evaluating the use of various antibiotic combinations. Antibiotic susceptibility tests were evaluated according to CLSI guidelines. Antibiotic combinations were evaluated by calculating the Fractional Inhibitory Concentration (FIC) index. A total of 71 bacterial isolates were recovered from 68 culture positive CSF specimens. Sixty five of these isolates (91.5%) were recovered from single infection specimens, while 6 isolates (8.4%) were recovered from mixed infection specimens. Out of the 71 recovered isolates, 48 (67.6%) were Gram-positive, and 23 (32.4%) were Gram-negative. Thirty one of the Gram positive isolates were S. pneumoniae (64.6%, n = 48). Out of the recovered 71 isolates; 26 (36.6%) were multidrug-resistant (MDR) isolates of which, 18 (69.2%) were Gram-negative and 8 (30.8%) were Gram-positive. All MDR isolates (100%) showed resistance to penicillin and ampicillin, however, they showed lower resistance to meropenem (50%), levofloxacin (50%), amikacin (48%), pipercillin-tazobactam (45.8%). Most common antibiotic resistance genes were investigated including: tem (21.1%), shv (15.8%), ctx-m (15.8%) coding for TEM-, SHV, CTX-M extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs), respectively; aac(6')-I b(26.3%) coding for aminoglycoside 6’-N-acetyltransferase type Ib ciprofloxacin resistant variant; and qnrA (5.3%) gene coding for quinolone resistance. The DNA sequences of the respective resistance genes of some selected isolates were PCR amplified, analyzed and submitted to the GenBank database under the accession numbers, KX214665, KX214664, KX214663, KX214662, respectively. The FIC values for ampicillin/sulbactam plus cefepime showed either additive or synergistic effect against ten tested Gram-negative MDR isolates, while doxycycline plus levofloxacin combination revealed

  20. Immunohistochemical analysis of MMP-9, MMP-2 and TIMP-1, TIMP-2 expression in the central nervous system following infection with viral and bacterial meningitis.

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    Lech Chyczewski

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs are capable of degrading components of the basal lamina of cerebral vessels, thereby disrupting the blood-brain barrier and inducing leukocyte recruitment. This study provides comprehensive information regarding the cell specificity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP-2, MMP-9 and their binding tissue inhibitors (TIMP-1, TIMP-2 in the central nervous system during viral and bacterial meningitis. Specifically, we evaluated the immunoreactivity of MMPs and TIMPs in various cell types in brain parenchyma and meninges obtained from autopsy tissues. We found that a higher proportion of endothelial cells were positive for MMP-9 during meningitis when compared to controls. In addition, the immunoreactivity of MMP-9 decreased and the immunoreactivity of TIMP-1 increased in astrocytes upon infection. Furthermore, the results of this study revealed that mononuclear cells were highly immunoreactive for TIMP-1, TIMP-2 and MMP-9 during viral meningitis and that the expression of TIMPs in polymorphonuclear cells was even higher during bacterial meningitis. Taken together the results of this study indicated that the central nervous system resident cells and inflammatory infiltrates contribute to MMPs activity and that the expression patterns vary between cell types and in response to viral and bacterial meningitis.

  1. Immunohistochemical analysis of MMP-9, MMP-2 and TIMP-1, TIMP-2 expression in the central nervous system following infection with viral and bacterial meningitis.

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    Sulik, Artur; Chyczewski, Lech

    2008-01-01

    Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are capable of degrading components of the basal lamina of cerebral vessels, thereby disrupting the blood-brain barrier and inducing leukocyte recruitment. This study provides comprehensive information regarding the cell specificity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP-2, MMP-9) and their binding tissue inhibitors (TIMP-1, TIMP-2) in the central nervous system during viral and bacterial meningitis. Specifically, we evaluated the immunoreactivity of MMPs and TIMPs in various cell types in brain parenchyma and meninges obtained from autopsy tissues. We found that a higher proportion of endothelial cells were positive for MMP-9 during meningitis when compared to controls. In addition, the immunoreactivity of MMP-9 decreased and the immunoreactivity of TIMP-1 increased in astrocytes upon infection. Furthermore, the results of this study revealed that mononuclear cells were highly immunoreactive for TIMP-1, TIMP-2 and MMP-9 during viral meningitis and that the expression of TIMPs in polymorphonuclear cells was even higher during bacterial meningitis. Taken together the results of this study indicated that the central nervous system resident cells and inflammatory infiltrates contribute to MMPs activity and that the expression patterns vary between cell types and in response to viral and bacterial meningitis.

  2. Specific detection of common pathogens of acute bacterial meningitis using an internally controlled tetraplex-PCR assay.

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    Farahani, Hamidreza; Ghaznavi-Rad, Ehsanollah; Mondanizadeh, Mahdieh; MirabSamiee, Siamak; Khansarinejad, Behzad

    2016-08-01

    Accurate and timely diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis is critical for antimicrobial treatment of patients. Although PCR-based methods have been widely used for the diagnosis of acute meningitis caused by bacterial pathogens, the main disadvantage of these methods is their high cost. This disadvantage has hampered the widespread use of molecular assays in many developing countries. The application of multiplex assays and "in-house" protocols are two main approaches that can reduce the overall cost of a molecular test. In the present study, an internally controlled tetraplex-PCR was developed and validated for the specific detection of Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples. The analysis of a panel of other human pathogens showed no cross-reactivity in the assay. The analytical sensitivity of the in-house assay was 792.3 copies/ml, when all three bacteria were presentin the specimens. This value was calculated as 444.5, 283.7, 127.8 copies/ml when only S. pneumoniae, N. meningitidis and H. influenzae, respectively, were present. To demonstrate the diagnostic performance of the assay, a total of 150 archival CSF samples were tested and compared with a commercial multiplex real-time PCR kit. A diagnostic sensitivity of 92.8% and a specificity of 95.1% were determined for the present tetraplex-PCR assay. The results indicate that the established method is sensitive, specific and cost-effective, and can be used particularly in situations where the high cost of commercial kits prevents the use of molecular methods for the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.

  3. Spontaneous remission of acromegaly: apoplexy mimicking meningitis or meningitis as a cause of apoplexy?

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    Villar-Taibo, Rocío; Ballesteros-Pomar, María D; Vidal-Casariego, Alfonso; Alvarez-San Martín, Rosa M; Kyriakos, Georgios; Cano-Rodríguez, Isidoro

    2014-02-01

    Pituitary apoplexy is a rare but potentially life-threatening clinical syndrome characterized by ischemic infarction or hemorrhage into a pituitary tumor. The diagnosis of pituitary tumor apoplexy is frequently complicated because of the nonspecific nature of its signs and symptoms, which can mimic different neurological processes, including meningitis. Several factors have been associated with apoplexy, such as dopamine agonists, radiotherapy, or head trauma, but meningitis is a rarely reported cause. We describe the case of a 51-year-old woman with acromegaly due to a pituitary macroadenoma. Before surgical treatment, she arrived at Emergency with fever, nausea, vomiting and meningismus. Symptoms and laboratory tests suggested bacterial meningitis, and antibiotic therapy was initiated, with quick improvement. A computerized tomography (CT) scan at admission did not reveal any change in pituitary adenoma, but a few weeks later, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed data of pituitary apoplexy with complete disappearance of the adenoma. Currently, her acromegaly is cured, but she developed hypopituitarism and diabetes insipidus following apoplexy. We question whether she really experienced meningitis leading to apoplexy or whether apoplexy was misinterpreted as meningitis. In conclusion, the relationship between meningitis and pituitary apoplexy may be bidirectional. Apoplexy can mimic viral or bacterial meningitis, but meningitis might cause apoplexy, as well. This fact highlights the importance of differential diagnosis when evaluating patients with pituitary adenomas and acute neurological symptoms.

  4. Bacteriological profile of community acquired acute bacterial meningitis: A ten-year retrospective study in a tertiary neurocare centre in South India

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    Mani R

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Ten years retrospective study to evaluate the bacteriological spectrum of community acquired acute bacterial meningitis (CAABM. Methods: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF samples from 385 clinically suspected cases of pyogenic meningitis were processed for cell counts, cytospin Gram stain, culture, antigen detection by latex agglutination (LAT and antibiotic susceptibility test. Eighteen of these CSF samples were also subjected to a polymerase chain reaction (PCR assay for detection of pneumococcal DNA. Results: The etiological agent could be identified in 284 (73.8% of the total 385 cases by culture and/or smear and /or LAT. Streptococcus pneumoniae was the predominant pathogen accounting for 238 (61.8% cases. Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis accounted for 7 (1.8% and 4 (1% cases respectively. Other gram negative bacilli, Streptococcus spp. and Staphylococcus aureus were isolated from 19 (4.9%, 9 (2.3% and 7 (1.8% cases respectively. Conclusions: Streptococcus pneumoniae remains the major aetiological agent of CAABM both in adults and children in our set-up. No penicillin resistance was detected among the isolates. Further research should focus on preventable aspects of CAABM, especially pneumococcal vaccines, to help reduce the disease burden.

  5. Etiologia e evolução das meningites bacterianas em centro de pediatria Etiology and evolution of bacterial meningitis in a pediatric center

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    Roberta M.C. Romanelli

    2002-02-01

    cases of meningitis, and 111 (52.9% were caused by bacteria. Actually, 52 were probable bacterial meningitis (with liquor alterations and 59 were confirmed (with culture and/or antigen tests. The main agents were: Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis and Streptococcus pneumoniae. The initial treatment for children aged between three months and five years consisted of ampicillin and chloramphenicol. Later, the antibiotic was changed to penicillin in cases of Neisseria meningitidis and Streptococcus pneumoniae. and to chloramphenicol in cases of Haemophilus influenzae. Extended spectrum antimicrobial agents were used on clinical or laboratory basis, but resistant microorganisms were not found in cultures.Conclusions: the epidemiology of meningitis should be continuous and should consider local data in order to guide antimicrobial therapy. The continuous monitoring of the prevalent agents in each institution and their resistance is fundamental to the selection of antimicrobial drugs, preserving the antimicrobial agents, and causing less interference with individual colonization, without contributing to the increasing resistance of the agents responsible for meningeal infections.

  6. Advances on dexamethasone and glycerol as adjunctive therapy in bacterial meningitis%地塞米松和甘油在细菌性脑膜炎中的应用

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    周仲松; 李家斌

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    尽管使用高效的抗菌药物,但细菌性脑膜炎至今仍有较高的发病率和病死率.研究显示其不良预后与蛛网膜下腔的炎症反应有关,因此阻止脑膜炎早期瀑布样炎症反应将有助于改善细菌性脑膜炎的临床预后.此文就地塞米松和甘油作为细菌性脑膜炎的辅助治疗进展作一综述.%Bacterial meningitis is associated with high morbidity and mortality despite the availability of effective antibiotics.Experimental studies showed that the inflammatory response in the subarachnoid space is associated with unfavorable outcome.The use of adjuvant therapy in bacterial meningitis draws its rationale from the notion of arresting the inflammatory cascade at an early stage of the disease to improve clinical outcome.This paper reviews advances in dexamethasone and glycerol as adjunctive therapy in bacterial meningitis.

  7. Herpes simplex virus type 2-associated recurrent aseptic (Mollaret's meningitis in genitourinary medicine clinic: a case report

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    Abou-Foul AK

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Ahmad K Abou-Foul, Thajunisha M Buhary, Sedki L Gayed Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Royal Blackburn Hospital, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Blackburn, UK Introduction: Cases of idiopathic recurrent benign aseptic meningitis were first described by Mollaret. Today, herpes simplex virus (HSV is considered the cause of most cases of Mollaret's meningitis. Case report: A 40-year-old male was referred to our genitourinary medicine clinic with recurrent genital herpetic lesions. He had HSV-2-positive genital ulcers 8 years earlier. One year after the first infection, he developed severe recurrent attacks of headache associated with meningitis symptoms. The results of all radiological and biochemical tests were normal, but the patient reported a correlation between his attacks and genital herpes flare-ups. We diagnosed the patient with Mollaret's meningitis and started him on continuous suppressive acyclovir therapy, which resulted in marked clinical improvement. Discussion: Mollaret's meningitis is a rare form of idiopathic recurrent aseptic meningitis that has a sudden onset, short duration, and spontaneous remission with unpredictable recurrence. We believe that the presence of concurrent or recurrent mucocutaneous herpetic lesions can aid its diagnosis, prior to which, affected patients usually have many unnecessary investigations and treatments. Therefore, detailed sexual history should be sought in all patients with aseptic meningitis, and clinicians should also ask about history of recurrent headaches in all patients with recurrent herpetic anogenital lesions. Continuous suppressive acyclovir therapy may reduce the frequency and severity of attacks and can dramatically improve lifestyle. Keywords: HSV-2 virus, acyclovir, Mollaret's meningitis, recurrent aseptic meningitis, HSV-2 virus, viral meningitis, acyclovir

  8. The formyl peptide receptor like-1 and scavenger receptor MARCO are involved in glial cell activation in bacterial meningitis

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    Jansen Sandra

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recent studies have suggested that the scavenger receptor MARCO (macrophage receptor with collagenous structure mediates activation of the immune response in bacterial infection of the central nervous system (CNS. The chemotactic G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR formyl-peptide-receptor like-1 (FPRL1 plays an essential role in the inflammatory responses of host defence mechanisms and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD. Expression of the antimicrobial peptide cathelicidin CRAMP/LL-37 is up-regulated in bacterial meningitis, but the mechanisms underlying CRAMP expression are far from clear. Methods Using a rat meningitis model, we investigated the influence of MARCO and FPRL1 on rCRAMP (rat cathelin-related antimicrobial peptide expression after infection with bacterial supernatants of Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP and Neisseria meningitides (NM. Expression of FPRL1 and MARCO was analyzed by immunofluorescence and real-time RT-PCR in a rat meningitis model. Furthermore, we examined the receptor involvement by real-time RT-PCR, extracellular-signal regulated kinases 1/2 (ERK1/2 phosphorylation and cAMP level measurement in glial cells (astrocytes and microglia and transfected HEK293 cells using receptor deactivation by antagonists. Receptors were inhibited by small interference RNA and the consequences in NM- and SP-induced Camp (rCRAMP gene expression and signal transduction were determined. Results We show an NM-induced increase of MARCO expression by immunofluorescence and real-time RT-PCR in glial and meningeal cells. Receptor deactivation by antagonists and small interfering RNA (siRNA verified the importance of FPRL1 and MARCO for NM- and SP-induced Camp and interleukin-1β expression in glial cells. Furthermore, we demonstrated a functional interaction between FPRL1 and MARCO in NM-induced signalling by real-time RT-PCR, ERK1/2 phosphorylation and cAMP level measurement and show differences between

  9. Meningitis caused by streptococci other than Streptococcus pneumoniae: a retrospective clinical study

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    Møller, Kirsten; Harder, Eva; Wandall, Johan

    1999-01-01

    We reviewed the medical records of 26 patients (median age 62 years, range 5-76 years) admitted to our institution during 1978-98 with acute bacterial meningitis (ABM) caused by streptococci other than Streptococcus pneumoniae (comprising 1.9% of all patients with ABM). 19 cases were community....... Staphylococcus aureus grew together with a streptococcus in 2 cases. Blood culture was positive in 9 cases (35%). Neurologic complications occurred in 11 patients (42%) and extraneurologic complications in 18 patients (69%). Adverse outcomes occurred in 10 patients (38%), including 3 patients who died...

  10. Clinical aspects of eosinophilic meningitis and meningoencephalitis caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the rat lungworm.

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    Murphy, Gerald S; Johnson, Stuart

    2013-06-01

    Angiostrongylus Eosinophilic Meningitis is caused by human infection with larvae of the rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis. The clinical presentation includes a spectrum of disease, from meningitis through radiculitis, cranial nerve abnormalities, ataxia, encephalitis, coma, and rarely death. The condition is diagnosed by recognizing the triad of: the clinical syndrome, eosinophils in the cerebrospinal fluid or blood, and exposure history. A history of eating raw or poorly cooked snails is classic, but ingestion of other intermediate hosts or unwashed produce (such as lettuce) harboring hosts is not uncommon. Several serologic tests exist but none has yet been fully validated. There is good evidence that a 2 week course of high dose corticosteroids shortens the duration and severity of symptoms. There is somewhat weaker evidence that albendazole reduces symptoms. The combination of prednisolone and albendazole is being used more commonly for treatment. Some suggestions for future research are given.

  11. Acute bacterial meningitis in HIV, pacients in southern Brazil: Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil Meningite bacteriana aguda em portadores de HIV, no sul do Brasil: Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil

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    Sérgio M. de Almeida

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    Full Text Available Acute communitarian bacterial meningitis and AIDS are prevalent infectious disease in Brazil. The objective of this study was to evaluate the frequency of acute communitarian bacterial meningitis in AIDS patients, the clinical and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF characteristics. It was reviewed the Health Department data from city of Curitiba, Southern Brazil, from 1996 to 2002. During this period, 32 patients with AIDS fulfilled criteria for acute bacterial meningitis, representing 0.84% of the AIDS cases and 1.85% of the cases of bacterial meningitis. S. pneumoniae was the most frequent bacteria isolated. The number of white blood cells and the percentage of neutrophils were higher and CSF glucose was lower in the group with no HIV co-infection (p 0.12; 0.008; 0.04 respectively. Bacteria not so common causing meningitis can occur among HIV infected patients. The high mortality rate among pneumococcus meningitis patients makes pneumococcus vaccination important.A meningite bacteriana aguda comunitária e a AIDS são doenças prevalentes no Brasil. O objetivo desse estudo foi avaliar a freqüência de meningite bacteriana aguda comunitária entre os pacientes com AIDS e as características clínicas e do líquido cefalorraquidiano (LCR. Foram revistos os dados da Secretaria Municipal da Saúde, Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil, nos anos de 1996 a 2002. Nesse período, 32 pacientes com AIDS preencheram os critérios para meningite bacteriana aguda, representando 0,84% dos casos com AIDS e 1,85% dos casos com meningite bacteriana aguda. A bactéria mais freqüentemente isolada foi S. pneumoniae. A celularidade total e a porcentagem de neutrófilos no LCR foi mais elevada e a glicose foi mais baixa no grupo sem co-infecção (p 0,12; 0,008; 0,04 respectivamente. Bactérias menos freqüentes como agentes etiológicos de meningite podem ocorrer. A taxa de mortalidade elevada entre pacientes com meningite por pneumococo torna a vacinação importante.

  12. Cryptococcus neoformans population diversity and clinical outcomes of HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis patients in Zimbabwe.

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    Nyazika, Tinashe K; Hagen, Ferry; Machiridza, Tendai; Kutepa, Melody; Masanganise, Faith; Hendrickx, Marijke; Boekhout, Teun; Magombei-Majinjiwa, Tricia; Siziba, Nonthokozo; Chin'ombe, Nyasha; Mateveke, Kudzanai; Meis, Jacques F; Robertson, Valerie J

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    HIV and cryptococcal meningitis co-infection is a major public health problem in most developing countries. Cryptococcus neoformans sensu stricto is responsible for the majority of HIV-associated cryptococcosis cases in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the available information, little is known about cryptococcal population diversity and its association with clinical outcomes in patients with HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa. In a prospective cohort, we investigated the prevalence and clinical outcome of Cryptococcusneoformans sensu stricto meningitis among HIV-infected patients in Harare, Zimbabwe, and compared the genotypic diversity of the isolates with those collected from other parts of Africa. Molecular typing was done using amplified fragment length polymorphism genotyping and microsatellite typing. The majority of patients with HIV-associated Cryptococcusneoformans sensu stricto meningitis in this cohort were males (n=33/55; 60.0 %). The predominant Cryptococcus neoformans sensu stricto genotype among the Zimbabwean isolates was genotype AFLP1/VNI (n=40; 72.7 %), followed by AFLP1A/VNB/VNII (n=8; 14.6 %), and AFLP1B/VNII was the least isolated (n=7; 12.7 %). Most of the isolates were mating-type α (n=51; 92.7 %), and only four (7.3 %) were mating-type a. Overall in-hospital mortality was 55.6 % (n=30), and no difference between infecting genotype and clinical outcome of patient (P=0.73) or CD4+ counts (P=0.79) was observed. Zimbabwean Cryptococcusneoformans sensu stricto genotypes demonstrated a high level of genetic diversity by microsatellite typing, and 51 genotypes within the main molecular types AFLP1/VNI, AFLP1A/VNB/VNII and AFLP1B/VNII were identified. This study demonstrates that Cryptococcusneoformans sensu stricto in Zimbabwe has a high level of genetic diversity when compared to other regional isolates.

  13. Clinical characteristics of Haemophilus influenzae meningitis in Denmark in the post-vaccination era

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    Pedersen, T.I.; Howitz, Michael Frantz; Andersen, Christian Østergaard

    2010-01-01

    P>The introduction of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine into the Danish childhood vaccination programme in 1993 may have influenced the epidemiology of H. influenzae meningitis (i.e. increasing frequency of other non-vaccine types; presentation in other age groups). Based on nationwide...... registration, clinical information and laboratory findings were collected from all 65 confirmed cases of H. influenzae meningitis during the period 1994-2005. Twenty-nine patients (45%) were 24 years old [median 62 years (range 25...... infected with Hib, two cases (13%) were identified as true vaccine failures. Six patients (9%) died; one premature infant infected with serotype f and five adults (age 83-96 years) with non-typeable H. influenzae. Hearing loss was reported in 16% of the surviving children and in 10% of the surviving adults...

  14. Correlation of anti-fungal susceptibility with clinical outcomes in patients with cryptococcal meningitis

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    Lee Chen-Hsiang

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background This study aimed to investigate the correlation of minimum inhibiting concentrations (MICs, obtained by broth micro-dilution, and clinical response in patients with cryptococcal meningitis. Methods Using retrospective analyses covering the period 2001–2010, factors affecting clinical therapeutic cure in patients with cryptococcal meningitis 10 weeks after the start of anti-fungal therapy were identified. Specific emphasis was placed on the role of anti-fungal susceptibility. Results Of 46 patients with cryptococcal meningitis identified, 21 were cured after 10 weeks of treatment. Overall, 12 strains (26.1% were resistant to fluconazole (>8 μg/ml and 8 (17.4% had an MIC >1 μg/ml for amphotericin B. Twenty-three patients received combination amphotericin B and fluconazole as their initial antifungal therapy, 17 were given amphotericin B only, five received fluconazole only, and one received a combination of amphotericin B and flucytosine. After 2 weeks, all patients received fluconazole (400–600 mg daily for 8 weeks at least, then 200 mg daily thereafter. The presence of isolates resistant to fluconazole (MIC >8 μg/ml; 4.8% vs. 44%, p 8 μg/ml, was an independent predictor of therapeutic cure at 10-week evaluation (OR = 15.7; 95% CI: 1.8-135.9; p = 0.01, but higher MIC of amphotericin B (>1 μg/ml was not. Conclusions The MICs of fluconazole, determined by the CLSI method, may be a potential predictor of therapeutic cure in patients with cryptococcal meningitis.

  15. Polymorphisms of toll-like receptors 2 and 9 and severity and prognosis of bacterial meningitis in Chinese children

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    Zhang, Pingping; Zhang, Nan; Liu, Linlin; Zheng, Kai; Zhu, Liang; Zhu, Junping; Cao, Lina; Jiang, Yiyuan; Liu, Gang; He, Qiushui

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    Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a crucial role in innate immunity, protecting the host from bacterial pathogens. We investigated whether bacterial meningitis (BM) in children was associated with gene polymorphisms in TLR2 (rs3804099), TLR3 (rs3775291 and rs3775290) and TLR9 (rs352139 and rs352140). Blood samples were taken from 218 child patients with confirmed BM and 330 healthy adult controls (HC) and polymorphisms of these genes were analyzed by PCR-based sequencing. For TLR2 rs3804099, frequencies of the minor allele C were markedly higher in patients with severe BM (defined as CSF glucose concentration ≤ 1.5 mmol/L and seizures) than those without (43.5% and 40.1% vs. 30.1% and 29.1%, p = 0.008 and p = 0.016, respectively). For TLR9 rs352139, patients who carried genotype AA and minor allele A developed seizures less often than those without (OR = 0.289, p = 0.003 and OR = 0.568, p = 0.004, respectively). However, for TLR9 rs352140, patients who carried genotype TT and minor allele T developed seizures more often than those without (OR = 3.385, p = 0.004 and OR = 1.767, p = 0.004, respectively). Our finding suggested that genetic variations in TLR2 and TLR9 are associated with severity and prognosis of bacterial meningitis in Chinese children. However, the results should be interpreted with caution since the number of subjects included was limited. PMID:28202935

  16. Bacterial Meningitis: a five year retrospective study among patients who had attended at University of Gondar Teaching Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia

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    Birehanemeskel Tegene

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Acute Bacterial Meningitis (ABM is an important cause of death and long-term neurological disability. Recent Information on the relative frequency of the isolation and antibiotic susceptibility patterns of these pathogens is scarce in Ethiopia. This study was to document the microbial characteristics, the antibacterial sensitivity pattern, and seasonal variation of community acquired acute bacterial meningitis. The study was retrospective, conducted at university of Gondar referral hospital, serving the rural population of the northwest parts of Ethiopia. A total of three thousand and eighty five cerebrospinal fluid specimens submitted to the bacteriology laboratory for culture and antibiotic susceptibility patterns in a period between January 2006 and December 2010. Analysis of extracted data was performed using SPSS statistical software (Version 17. The etiological agent had been identified in 120 (3.8% of the total 3,085 CSF samples by culture. Thirty-nine (32.5% of them were infants below the age of 12 months. S. pneumoniae was the predominant pathogen accounting for 52 (43.3% of the cases. Whereas N. meningitidis and H. influenzae accounted for 27(22.5%, and 12(10%, respectively. Other gram negative bacilli and S. aureus were isolated from 21(17.2%, and 11(9.2% cases, respectively. Among gram positive organisms S.pneumoniae showed a high level of drug resistance against co-trimoxazole 44(84.3%. Among gram negative bacteria, N.meningitidis was found to be resistant to co-trimoxazole in 25(92.5%. E. coli and salmonella spp. were found to be resistant to most antibiotics except ciprofloxacin. Multiple drug resistance was observed in 58.3% of the isolates. S. pneumoniae remains the major etiological agent of Community Acquired Acute Bacterial Meningitis (CAABM both in adults and children in the study area. 5.7% of S. pneumoniae were resistances to penicillin. Further research should focus on preventable aspects CAABM of, especially pneumococcal

  17. Expression of innate immune complement regulators on brain epithelial cells during human bacterial meningitis

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background In meningitis, the cerebrospinal fluid contains high levels of innate immune molecules (e.g. complement which are essential to ward off the infectious challenge and to promote the infiltration of phagocytes (neutrophils, monocytes. However, epithelial cells of either the ependymal layer, one of the established niche for adult neural stem cells, or of the choroid plexus may be extremely vulnerable to bystander attack by cytotoxic and cytolytic complement components. Methods In this study, we assessed the capacity of brain epithelial cells to express membrane-bound complement regulators (ie, CD35, CD46, CD55 and CD59 in vitro and in situ by immunostaining of control and meningitis human brain tissue sections. Results Double immunofluorescence experiments for ependymal cell markers (GFAP, S100, ZO-1, E-cadherin and complement regulators indicated that the human ependymal cell line model was strongly positive for CD55, CD59 compared to weak stainings for CD46 and CD35. In tissues, we found that CD55 was weakly expressed in control choroid plexus and ependyma but was abundantly expressed in meningitis. Anti-CD59 stained both epithelia in apical location while increased CD59 staining was solely demonstrated in inflamed choroid plexus. CD46 and CD35 were not detected in control tissue sections. Conversely, in meningitis, the ependyma, subependyma and choroid plexus epithelia were strongly stained for CD46 and CD35. Conclusion This study delineates for the first time the capacity of brain ependymal and epithelial cells to respond to and possibly sustain the innate complement-mediated inflammatory insult.

  18. Influence of body temperature on bacterial growth rates in experimental pneumococcal meningitis in rabbits.

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    We examined the role of fever as a host defense in experimental pneumococcal meningitis in rabbits. Twelve hours after intracisternal inoculation of an encapsulated type 3 Streptococcus pneumoniae strain, body temperature was manipulated by using two different anesthetic drugs: pentobarbital, which did not affect temperature, and urethane, which mitigated the febrile response to infection. Growth rates of pneumococci in cerebrospinal fluid were dramatically influenced by modification of the f...

  19. Adult Klebsiella pneumoniae meningitis in Qatar:clinical pattern of ten cases

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    Fahmi; Yousef; Khan; Mohammed; Abukhattab; Mohanuned; Abukamar; Deshmukh; Anand

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    Objective:To describe the clinical presentation,underlying diseases,antimicrobial susceptibility,treatment and outcome of Klebsiella pneumoniae meningitis patients.Methods:This retrospective study involved all patients with 15 years of age or older who admit ted to Hamad General Hospital with culture proven Klebsiella pneumoniae meningitis from January 1,2007 to December 31,2012.Results:A total of ten cases were identified mine males and one female).Their mean age was i43.3±12.8) years.Eight patients(80%) had nosocomial meningitis with neurosurgery being the most frequent associated condition.Fever and altered consciousness were the most frequent symptom.Cerebrospinal fluid showed elevated protein and glucose levels.Oram slain showed Gram—negative rods in 50%of cases,while positive cerebrospinal fluid culture results were found in all patients.Multidrug resistance was observed in two cases,and all patients had received appropriate empirical and definitive antibiotic treatments.The mean duration of intravenous antimicrobial treatment was(19.3±7.0) d and all patients with external ventricular drains underwent removal of the device,while in—hospital mortality was 50%.Conclusions:The number of cases was too small to come up with therapeutic and prognostic conclusions.Further large-scale prospective study is needed.

  20. Adult Klebsiella pneumoniae meningitis in Qatar:clinical pattern of ten cases

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    Fahmi Yousef Khan; Mohammed Abukhattab; Mohammed AbuKamar; Deshmukh Anand

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To describe the clinical presentation, underlying diseases, antimicrobial susceptibility, treatment and outcome of Klebsiella pneumoniae meningitis patients. Methods:This retrospective study involved all patients with 15 years of age or older who admitted to Hamad General Hospital with culture proven Klebsiella pneumoniae meningitis from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2012. Results: A total of ten cases were identified (nine males and one female). Their mean age was (43.3±12.8) years. Eight patients (80%) had nosocomial meningitis with neurosurgery being the most frequent associated condition. Fever and altered consciousness were the most frequent symptom. Cerebrospinal fluid showed elevated protein and glucose levels. Gram stain showed Gram-negative rods in 50%of cases, while positive cerebrospinal fluid culture results were found in all patients. Multidrug resistance was observed in two cases, and all patients had received appropriate empirical and definitive antibiotic treatments. The mean duration of intravenous antimicrobial treatment was (19.3±7.0) d and all patients with external ventricular drains underwent removal of the device, while in-hospital mortality was 50%. Conclusions: The number of cases was too small to come up with therapeutic and prognostic conclusions. Further large-scale prospective study is needed.

  1. Mesenteric Lymphadenopathy in Childhood Epidemic Aseptic Meningitis: Sonographic Features and Clinical Significance

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    Mun, Sung Hee; Park, Young Chan; Lee, Young Hwan [Catholic University of Daegu, College of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-09-15

    To evaluate the sonographic features of mesenteric lymphadenopathy in childhood epidemic aseptic meningitis and to assess their clinical significance. Thirty-three patients (25 male, 8 female: mean age, 8.6 years) with a diagnosis of aseptic meningitis were prospectively evaluated with abdominal ultrasonography for the presence of enlarged mesenteric nodes. The size and number of enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes were analyzed in relationship with the patient's age, between the patients with abdominal pain or diarrhea (16 cases, 48%) and asymptomatic patients (17 cases, 52%). Mesenteric lymphadenopathy was seen in 31 patients (94%), all 16 symptomatic and 15 of the 17 asymptomatic patients. The number of enlarged nodes was most prevalent between 6-10, seen in 16 patients (52%) and the largest node ranged in size from 4 to 8 mm. Among the 31 patients with mesenteric lymphadenopathy, the mean size of the largest node was statistically different between the symptomatic (6.0 mm) and asymptomatic (5.0 mm) groups (p = 0.021). The number of enlarged nodes and the patient's age were not statistically different between the two groups. Mesenteric lymphadenopathy was seen in almost all cases of childhood epidemic aseptic meningitis, and may be related to the mesenteric lymphadenitis caused by enterovirus

  2. Clinical presentation and prognostic factors of Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis according to the focus of infection

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    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We conducted a nationwide study in Denmark to identify clinical features and prognostic factors in patients with Streptococcus pneumoniae according to the focus of infection. Methods Based on a nationwide registration, clinical information's was prospectively collected from all reported cases of pneumococcal meningitis during a 2-year period (1999–2000. Clinical and laboratory findings at admission, clinical course and outcome of the disease including follow-up audiological examinations were collected retrospectively. The focus of infection was determined according to the clinical diagnosis made by the physicians and after review of the medical records. Results 187 consecutive cases with S. pneumoniae meningitis were included in the study. The most common focus was ear (30%, followed by lung (18%, sinus (8%, and other (2%. In 42% of cases a primary infection focus could not be determined. On admission, fever and an altered mental status were the most frequent findings (in 93% and 94% of cases, respectively, whereas back rigidity, headache and convulsion were found in 57%, 41% and 11% of cases, respectively. 21% of patients died during hospitalisation (adults: 27% vs. children: 2%, Fisher Exact Test, P P = 0.0005. Prognostic factors associated with fatal outcome in univariate logistic regression analysis were advanced age, presence of an underlying disease, history of headache, presence of a lung focus, absence of an otogenic focus, having a CT-scan prior to lumbar puncture, convulsions, requirement of assisted ventilation, and alterations in various CSF parameters (WBC P P = 0.005. Conclusion These results emphasize the prognostic importance of an early recognition of a predisposing focus to pneumococcal meningitis.

  3. Emergency Neurologic Life Support: Meningitis and Encephalitis.

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    Gaieski, David F; Nathan, Barnett R; O'Brien, Nicole F

    2015-12-01

    Bacterial meningitis and viral encephalitis, particularly herpes simplex encephalitis, are severe neurological infections that, if not treated promptly and effectively, lead to poor neurological outcome or death. Because treatment is more effective if given early, the topic of meningitis and encephalitis was chosen as an Emergency Neurological Life Support protocol. This protocol provides a practical approach to recognition and urgent treatment of bacterial meningitis and encephalitis. Appropriate imaging, spinal fluid analysis, and early empiric treatment is discussed. Though uncommon in its full form, the typical clinical triad of headache, fever, and neck stiffness should alert the clinical practitioner to the possibility of a central nervous system infection. Early attention to the airway and maintaining normotension is crucial in treatment of these patients, as is rapid treatment with anti-infectives and, in some cases, corticosteroids.

  4. Eosinophilic meningitis.

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    Sawanyawisuth, Kittisak; Chotmongkol, Verajit

    2013-01-01

    Eosinophilic meningitis is defined by the presence of at least 10% eosinophils in the total cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leukocyte count. Although there are several possible causes of eosinophils in the CSF, parasitic infection is the main cause. The three common parasites causing eosinophilic meningitis include Angiostrongylus cantonensis, Gnathostoma spinigerum, and Taenia solium. Even though these parasites are endemic in tropical countries, they are now spreading globally due to extensive traveling, and physicians worldwide should pay more attention to this condition. This chapter will review risk factors, clinical manifestations, and treatment of these three parasites.

  5. Clinical value of procalcitonin in identification of different types of meningitis%降钙素原在鉴别不同类型脑膜炎中的临床价值分析

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    闫青; 余玲; 刘江; 夏芳

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨降钙素原(PC T )在鉴别细菌性脑膜炎和病毒性脑膜炎的临床应用价值,为临床诊断提供依据。方法选取2011年12月-2016年1月医院收治的急性脑膜炎患者90例,将患者根据细菌培养及脑脊液细胞学检查结果分为细菌性脑膜炎组42例与病毒性脑膜炎组48例,于患者入院前及治疗后分别对两组患者的PC T、外周血C‐反应蛋白(CRP)及血常规白细胞计数进行测定。结果治疗前,与病毒性脑炎组比较,细菌性脑膜炎患者血清PCT水平及脑脊液PCT水平均明显提高,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);与治疗前比较,细菌性脑膜炎患者经抗菌药物治疗后其血清PCT水平明显降低,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论对细菌性脑膜炎和病毒性脑膜炎进行PC T检测有助于不同病原体的早期诊断,并且通过PC T 的检测能够判定细菌性脑膜炎的治疗效果,在临床上具有重要的应用价值。%OBJECTIVE To explore the clinical value of procalcitonin (PCT ) in differentiating bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis so as to provide guidance for clinical diagnosis .METHODS A total of 90 patients with acute meningitis who were treated in the hospital from Dec 2011 to Jan 2016 were enrolled in the study and divided into the bacterial meningitis group with 42 cases and the viral meningitis group with 48 cases according to the results of bacterial culture and cerebrospinal fluid cytological examination .The levels of PCT and peripheral blood C‐reactive protein as well as white blood cell counts were determined before the admission and after the treatment .RESULTS The levels of serum PCT and cerebrospinal fluid PCT of the bacterial meningitis group were significantly higher than those of the viral meningitis group before the treatment(P<0 .05) .The level of serum PCT of the patients with bacterial meningitis was significantly lower after the antibiotic

  6. 细菌性脑膜炎评分在儿科的应用%Application of bacterial meningitis score in department of pediatrics

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    高建生; 于依湘; 张则玮

    2012-01-01

    在发达国家细菌性脑膜炎(BM)仅占急性脑膜炎的4%~6%,但延误诊治有引起死亡或严重神经后遗症的风险.鉴别儿童BM与病毒性脑膜炎(VM),有助于减少抗菌药物使用和/或住院.已发表鉴别儿童BM和VM的临床决策规则中,只有BM评分(BMS)经来自同一中心的内部验证和多中心的外部验证,具有敏感性高、特异性好、易于使用的特点.BMS由5个易于获得、客观的参数组成:脑脊液(CSF)革兰染色阳性、CSF蛋白质>0.8g/L、外周血中性粒细胞绝对计数(ANC)>10×109/L、惊厥、CSF ANC>1000 ×106/L.革兰染色阳性评2分,其余每个参数阳性评1分.BMS可以准确鉴别BM极低风险(BMS=0)和高风险(BMS≥2),预测BM敏感性为98.3%~100%、特异性为52%~73%.极低风险患儿可不用抗菌药物门诊管理.%Bacterial meningitis (BM) accounts for 4%-6% of acute meningitis, and is at risk of death or severeneurologic sequelae, especially when the diagnosis and antibiotic administrationare are delayed. Distinguishing between bacterial and viral meningitis (VM) inchildren could contribute to limiting unnecessary antibioticuse and/or hospital admissions. Published clinical decision rules have beenproposed to distinguish between BM and VM in children. Only the bacterial meningitis score (BMS) are internally and externally validatedandcould distinguish between BM and VM with high sensitivity andspecificity andeasierto use in practice. BMS is based solely on five parameterthat are objective and readily available at the time ofpresentation: Gram stain of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) showing bacteria, CSF protein > 0.8g/L, peripheral absolute neutrophilcount (ANC) > 10x10' cells/L, eclampsia, and CSF ANC > 1 000×106 cells/L BMSwas developedby attributing 2 points for a positive gram stain and 1 point for each of the othervariables. It accurately identifies childrenat very low (BMS = 0) or high (BMS≥2) risk of BM and could predict BM with high

  7. Procalcitonin in cerebrospinal fluid in meningitis : a prospective diagnostic study

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    Alons, Imanda M E; Verheul, Rolf J; Kuipers, Irma; Jellema, Korné; Wermer, Marieke J H; Algra, Ale; Ponjee, Gabriëlle

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Bacterial meningitis is a severe but treatable condition. Clinical symptoms may be ambiguous and current diagnostics lack sensitivity and specificity, complicating diagnosis. Procalcitonin (PCT) is a protein that is elevated in serum in bacterial infection. We aimed to assess the value o

  8. [Neuropsychiatric sequelae of viral meningitis in adults].

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    Damsgaard, Jesper; Hjerrild, Simon; Renvillard, Signe Groth; Leutscher, Peter Derek Christian

    2011-10-10

    Viral meningitis is considered to be a benign illness with only mild symptoms. In contrast to viral encephalitis and bacterial meningitis, the prognosis is usually good. However, retrospective studies have demonstrated that patients suffering from viral meningitis may experience cognitive impairment following the acute course of infection. Larger controlled studies are needed to elucidate the potential neuropsychiatric adverse outcome of viral meningitis.

  9. Application of serum procalcitonin in differential diagnosis between child acute bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis%血清PCT检测在小儿急性细菌性脑膜炎及病毒性脑炎鉴别诊断中的应用

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    黄小明; 张春荣

    2016-01-01

    Objective To observe and analyze the application ,sensitivity and specificity of serum procalcitonin (PCT ) in the dif‐ferential diagnosis of child acute bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis .Methods One hundred and sixty‐four children patients with bacterial meningitis ,98 children patients with viral meningitis and 60 healthy children were selected as the research subjects . The serum PCT ,white blood cell (WBC) count ,erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C‐reactive protein (CRP) levels were detected by using electrochemical luminescence immunity assay .The laboratory detection results ,PCT detection results distribu‐tion ,sensitivity and specificity in the two groups were analyzed .Results The PCT ,CRP and WBC detection results in children pa‐tients with bacterial meningitis were higher than those in children patients with viral meningitis .The positive rates of PCT and WBC in the bacterial meningitis group were higher than those in the viral meningitis group ,while the constituent ratio of PCT detection distribution had statistically significant difference between the two groups(χ2 = 16 .151 ,P< 0 .01) .The sensitivity of PCT detection in differentially diagnosing viral meningitis was 97 .6% (160/164) ,the specificity was 95 .0% (57/60) and the misdiagnosis rate was 3 .1% (7/224) .The sensitivity of PCT detection in differentially diagnosing bacterial meningitis was 98 .0% (96/98) ,the specificity was 96 .7% (58/60) and the misdiagnosis rate was 2 .5% (4/158) .Conclusion The serum PCT as a differential diagnosis index of child acute bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis has good accuracy ,its combination with CRP ,WBC ,ESR in combined differenti‐al diagnosis can rapidly give accurate pathogenic diagnosis in the early stage ,thus increases the pertinence of clinical treatment ,re‐duces the occurrence of antibiotics abuse and is ,worthy of clinical popularization and application .%目的:观察分析血清降钙素原(PCT )在

  10. Cochlear-Meningitis Vaccination

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    ... AcademyU Home Study Course Maintenance of Certification Conferences & Events ... you should know Children with cochlear implants are more likely to get bacterial meningitis than children without cochlear implants. In addition, ...

  11. The enhanced pneumococcal LAMP assay: a clinical tool for the diagnosis of meningitis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a leading cause of invasive bacterial disease in developed and developing countries. We studied the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP technique to assess its suitability for detecting S. pneumoniae nucleic acid in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We established an improved LAMP assay targeting the lytA gene (Streptococcus pneumoniae [Sp] LAMP. The analytical specificity of the primers was validated by using 32 reference strains (10 Streptococcus and seven non-Streptococcus species plus 25 clinical alpha-hemolytic streptococcal strains, including four S. pneumoniae strains and 21 other strains (3 S. oralis, 17 S. mitis, and one Streptococcus species harboring virulence factor-encoding genes (lytA or ply. Within 30 minutes, the assay could detect as few as 10 copies of both purified DNA and spiked CSF specimens with greater sensitivity than conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR. The linear determination range for this assay is 10 to 1,000,000 microorganisms per reaction mixture using real-time turbidimetry. We evaluated the clinical sensitivity and specificity of the Sp LAMP assay using 106 randomly selected CSF specimens from children with suspected meningitis in Korea, China and Vietnam. For comparison, CSF specimens were also tested against conventional PCR and culture tests. The detection rate of the LAMP method was substantially higher than the rates of PCR and culture tests. In this small sample, relative to the LAMP assay, the clinical sensitivity of PCR and culture tests was 54.5% and 33.3%, respectively, while clinical specificity of the two tests was 100%. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Compared to PCR, Sp LAMP detected S. pneumoniae with higher analytical and clinical sensitivity. This specific and sensitive LAMP method offers significant advantages for screening patients on a population basis and for diagnosis in clinical settings.

  12. Prognosis of bacterial meningitis in children Prognóstico de meningite bacteriana em crianças

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    Full Text Available We studied the incidence and prognosis of acute neurologic complications in 281 children under 13 years of age with a diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis. All the patients were examined daily by the same group of neurologists, using a standardized neurological examination. Patients with signs of encephalic lesions, unsatisfactory response to antibiotics or decreased level of consciousness were submitted to brain computer tomography. The overall lethality rate was 20.3% and cases whose causative agent was identified presented a higher lethality rate (23.7% than those in which the agent was not found. The most important neurological abnormalities were meningeal signs (88.3% followed by decreased consciousness (47.7%, irritability (35.2%, seizures (22.4%, fontanel bulging (20.6% and cranial nerve palsy (14.2%. Seizures, cranial nerve palsy and the absence of meningeal signs were related to higher rates of lethality. Diminished consciousness, seizures, subdural effusion, abscess and hydrocephalus were the most important complications, respectively. We can conclude that acute bacterial meningitis continues to be an important health problem in developing countries and that public health measures will be necessary to minimize the impact of sequelae and reduce the mortality rate in children with that pathology.Para estudar os fatores prognósticos e incidência de complicações em meningite bacteriana, 281 crianças (idade abaixo de 13 anos com quadro clínico e do LCR compatíveis com esse diagnóstico foram acompanhadas, durante o internamente, através de ficha de avaliação padrão. Aquelas que apresentaram sinais de lesão encefálica, resposta inadequada ao tratamento ou diminuição do nível de consciência, com Glasgow < 7, foram submetidas a tomografia computadorizada de crânio. A taxa de letalidade global foi 20,3%, sendo maior quando o agente etiológico foi identificado (23,7%. As alterações neurológicas mais encontradas foram

  13. Diagnostic Value of IL-17 and IL-23 in Cerebrospinal Fluid in Bacterial Meningitis%脑脊液IL-17和IL-23检测在诊断细菌性脑膜炎中的意义

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    2012-01-01

    Objective To study IL-17 and IL-23 in the differentia] diagnosis of bacterial and viral meningitis. Methods The levels of IL-17 and IL-23 in cerebrospinal fluid of 64 cases were measured by ELISA method. The optimal cut-ofls of IL-17 and IL-23 were identified by using ROC curve. The correlation among IL-17,IL-23 and WBC count were evaluated using linear regression. Results The levels of IL-17 and IL-23 in cerebrospinal fluid were higher in bacterial meningitis than in viral meningitis and the control (P< 0.01),and the levels of IL-17 and IL-23 were higher in viral meningitis than the control (P< 0.01). The correlations of IL-17 and IL-23,IL-17 and WBC count, IL-23 and WBC count were 0.4980,0.5351 and 0.5810,respectively. Conclusion IL-17 and IL-23 in cerebrospinal fluid in the differential diagnosis of bacterial and other meningitis has clinical application value.%目的 探讨脑脊液IL-17和IL-23检测在细菌性脑膜炎中的诊断价值.方法 对64份脑脊液进行白细胞计数和IL-17、IL-23的检测.应用受试者工作特征曲线(ROC)对其诊断价值进行评价,并采用直线回归方法进行相关性分析.结果 细菌性脑膜炎组脑脊液IL-17和IL-23水平明显高于病毒性脑膜炎组和对照组(P<0.01),病毒性脑膜炎组IL-17和IL-23水平高于对照组(P<0.01).脑脊液IL-17与IL-23、IL-17与白细胞计数、IL-23与白细胞计数呈明显正相关,相关系数分别为04980、0.5551和0.5810.结论 脑脊液IL-17和IL-23的检测可以用于对细菌性脑膜炎的鉴别诊断.

  14. 河北省2009-2010年细菌性脑膜炎哨点监测病例分析%Analysis of bacterial meningitis cases in sentinel points of Hebei province during 2009 to 2010

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    孙印旗; 王颖童; 贾肇一; 李静; 甄素娟; 郭建花; 周吉坤; 马洪生; 陈素良

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    Objective To preliminary understand the epidemic characteristics and etiology of bacterial meningitis in Hebei province. Method 6 hospitals were selected as bacterial meningitis surveillance sentinel point, and developed cases epidemiological sunrey and etiology detection. Results 134 bacterial meningitis cases were reported during 2009 to 2010 and 1 case died. The patients were mainly scattered children and students under 15 years old, males were more than females , and half cases were natives. The peak times of the disease were winter, spring and July to August. Clinical symptom of majority cases was not serious. 1 Sp, 1 Hib and 5 other bacterial strains were isolated from 96 cerebrospinal fluid ( CSF) 8amples. Detected by real time PCR, 4 cases were Sp positive, 2 cases were Hib positive and 90 cases were negative. Conclusions Reported bacterial meningitis cases in sentinel hospitals were less and the positive result of etiology detection were low too, and need to analyze and find out the reasons.%目的 初步了解河北省细菌性脑膜炎流行病学特征和病原情况.方法 选择6家哨点医院,开展细菌性脑膜炎病例流行病学调查和实验室病原检测.结果 2009-2010年哨点医院共报告细菌性脑膜炎病例134例,死亡1例.发病以15岁以下散居儿童和学生为主,男性多于女性,本地病例占1/2左右,冬春季节和7~8月为发病高峰,病例以轻型和不典型为主.从96例病例脑脊液标本中分离出sp 1株,Hib 1株,其他菌5株.96例病例标本的Real-time PCR检测Sp阳性4例,Hib阳性2例,阴性90例.结论 哨点医院报告病例数较少,病原检测阳性率低,需进一步分析查找原因.

  15. Severe Sepsis due to Otogenic Pneumococcal Meningitis with Pneumocephalus without Meningeal Symptoms.

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    Odani, Noriko; Kitazono, Hidetaka; Deshpande, Gautam A; Hiraoka, Eiji

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    The absence of meningeal signs and symptoms is rare in patients with bacterial meningitis and may lead to a delay in diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, the onset of bacterial meningitis associated with pneumocephalus is a rare complication of ear infections. We herein report a rare case of otogenic meningitis complicated by pneumocephalus that was initially missed due to the absence of typical meningeal signs and symptoms and later diagnosed correctly based on a thorough review of the patient's systems.

  16. Procalcitonin as a Diagnostic and Prognostic Factor for Tuberculosis Meningitis

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    Background and Purpose We investigated the potential role of serum procalcitonin in differentiating tuberculosis meningitis from bacterial and viral meningitis, and in predicting the prognosis of tuberculosis meningitis. Methods This was a retrospective study of 26 patients with tuberculosis meningitis. In addition, 70 patients with bacterial meningitis and 49 patients with viral meningitis were included as the disease control groups for comparison. The serum procalcitonin level was measured ...

  17. Attenuation of the bacterial load in blood by pretreatment with granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor protects rats from fatal outcome and brain damage during Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis

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    Brandt, Christian T; Lundgren, Jens D; Lund, Søren Peter

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    A model of pneumococcal meningitis in young adult rats receiving antibiotics once the infection was established was developed. The intent was to mimic clinical and histopathological features of pneumococcal meningitis in humans. The primary aim of the present study was to evaluate whether medical...... of meningitis result in reduced risks of death and brain damage. This beneficial effect is most likely achieved through improved control of the systemic disease....... postinfection did not alter the clinical or histological outcome relative to that for non-G-CSF-treated rats. The magnitude of bacteremia and pretreatment with G-CSF were found to be prognostic factors for both outcome and brain damage. In summary, elevated neutrophil levels prior to the development...

  18. Utility of clinical assessment, imaging, and cryptococcal antigen titer to predict AIDS-related complicated forms of cryptococcal meningitis

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    Kandel Sean

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and predictors of AIDS-related complicated cryptococcal meningitis. The outcome was complicated cryptococcal meningitis: prolonged (≥ 14 days altered mental status, persistent (≥ 14 days focal neurologic findings, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF shunt placement or death. Predictor variable operating characteristics were estimated using receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC analysis. Multivariate analysis identified independent predictors of the outcome. Results From 1990-2009, 82 patients with first episode of cryptococcal meningitis were identified. Of these, 14 (17% met criteria for complicated forms of cryptococcal meningitis (prolonged altered mental status 6, persistent focal neurologic findings 7, CSF surgical shunt placement 8, and death 5. Patients with complicated cryptococcal meningitis had higher frequency of baseline focal neurological findings, head computed tomography (CT abnormalities, mean CSF opening pressure, and cryptococcal antigen (CRAG titers in serum and CSF. ROC area of log2 serum and CSF CRAG titers to predict complicated forms of cryptococcal meningitis were comparable, 0.78 (95%CI: 0.66 to 0.90 vs. 0.78 (95% CI: 0.67 to 0.89, respectively (χ2, p = 0.95. The ROC areas to predict the outcomes were similar for CSF pressure and CSF CRAG titers. In a multiple logistic regression model, the following were significant predictors of the outcome: baseline focal neurologic findings, head CT abnormalities and log2 CSF CRAG titer. Conclusions During initial clinical evaluation, a focal neurologic exam, abnormal head CT and large cryptococcal burden measured by CRAG titer are associated with the outcome of complicated cryptococcal meningitis following 2 weeks from antifungal therapy initiation.

  19. Relationship between serial CT findings and clinical course of purulent meningitis

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    Nakata, Mihoko; Nakata, Hajime; Kawanami, Takashi; Fukuda, Miho

    1984-11-01

    We reviewed the CT examinations and clinical records of 31 patients of purulent meningitis to evaluate the relation of CT findings to pathogenic bacteria and clinical course. The most frequently observed abnormal CT finding was an enlargement of the subarachnoid space and ventricles. There was no relationship between those abnormal CT findings and pathogenic bacteria. Enlargement of ventricles, low density area of the white matter and subdural effusion suggested the necessity of the surgical treatment or poor prognosis. The patients with convulsion or re-elevation of CRP had a tendency to show an exacerbation of such abnormalities. On the contrary, abnormal CT findings improved in the patients without convulsion or with decrease of CRP. We conclude that a follow-up CT examination is indicated in cases developing convulsion or re-elevation of CRP. (author).

  20. Tubercular meningitis in children: Clinical, pathological, and radiological profile and factors associated with mortality

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    Anil V Israni

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Childhood tuberculosis is a major public health problem in developing countries with tubercular meningitis being a serious complication with high mortality and morbidity. Aim: To study the clinicopathological as well as radiological profile of childhood tuberculous meningitis (TBM cases. Settings and Design: Prospective, observational study including children <14 years of age with TBM admitted in a tertiary care hospital from Western India. Subjects and Methods: TBM was diagnosed based on predefined criteria. Glassgow coma scale (GCS and intracranial pressure (ICP was recorded. Staging was done as per British Medical Council Staging System. Mantoux test, chest X-ray, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF examination, neuroimaging, and other investigations were done to confirm TB. Statistical Analysis Used: STATA software (version 9.0 was used for data analysis. Various risk factors were determined using Chi-square tests, and a P< 0.05 was considered significant. Results: Forty-seven children were included, of which 11 (24.3% died. Fever was the most common presenting symptom, and meningismus was the most common sign. Twenty-nine (62% children presented with Stage III disease. Stage III disease, low GCS, and raised ICP were predictors of mortality. Findings on neuroimaging or CSF examination did not predict mortality. Conclusions: Childhood TBM presents with nonspecific clinical features. Stage III disease, low GCS, lack of Bacillus Calmette–Gu͹rin vaccination at birth and raised ICP seem to the most important adverse prognostic factors.

  1. Clinical Immunophenotype at Disease Onset in Previously Healthy Patients With Cryptococcal Meningitis.

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    Xu, Lie; Huang, Qin; Lin, Jin-Ran; Zhu, Cui-Yun; Li, Xin-Hua; Ye, Shan-Ke; Zhu, Ai-Hong; Chen, Dai-Hong; Zhang, Cheng-Feng; Chen, Liang; Ling, Yun

    2016-02-01

    Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is a global disease with significant morbidity and mortality. Although low peripheral blood cluster of differentiation 4 (CD4) cell counts are found to be related to a high burden of cryptococcus in HIV-infected patients, little is known about possible immune defects in previously healthy patients (PHPs). We performed a retrospective study of 41 CM patients treated from January 2005 to December 2014 who did not have HIV-infection. There were 33 PHPs and 8 not previously healthy patients (non-PHPs). We analyzed clinical test data pertaining to peripheral blood T cells, antibodies, inflammation markers, and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) completed during the disease onset phase and 5 years following diagnosis. PHPs had significantly higher counts of cluster of differentiation 3 (CD3), cluster of differentiation 4 (CD4), and cluster of differentiation 45 (CD45) cells, and lower percentages of CD8 cells than non-PHPs (P  0.05). Multivariate analysis revealed that higher immunoglobulin G (IgG) levels in serum during disease onset may be an independent predictor of mortality (P = 0.015). In conclusion, PHPs demonstrate an immunophenotype that is distinct from that of non-PHPs, leading to an improved understanding of the immunology of cryptococcal meningitis.

  2. Meningitis - meningococcal

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    Meningococcal meningitis; Gram negative - meningococcus ... Meningococcal meningitis is caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis (also known as meningococcus). Meningococcus is the most common cause ...

  3. Dynamic changes in meningeal inflammation correspond to clinical exacerbations in a murine model of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

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    Walker-Caulfield, Margaret E; Hatfield, Julianne K; Brown, Melissa A

    2015-01-15

    Inflammation in the meninges, tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord that enclose the cerebrospinal fluid, closely parallels clinical exacerbations in relapsing-remitting experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). In preclinical disease, an influx of innate immune cells precedes loss of blood brain barrier (BBB) integrity and large-scale inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS). T cell infiltration into the meninges is observed in acute disease as well as during relapse, when neither BBB permeability nor significant increases in peripherally-derived immune cell numbers in the CNS are observed. These findings support the idea that the meninges are a gateway for immune cell access into the CNS, a finding that has important therapeutic implications.

  4. Clinical feature and image analysis of 29 cases of meningeal carcinomatosis

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    Jia-cai LIN

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective  To study the clinical features, laboratory results and image characteristics of meningeal carcinomatosis (MC. Methods  The clinical data, laboratory and image results, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF findings of 29 cases diagnosed as MC were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed. Results  Lung cancer is more common as the primary malignancy in MC patients [16(55.2%]. The earliest neurological symptoms varied in MC patients, and headache was the most common symptom (58.6%, followed by epilepsy (13.8%, vision loss (10.3%, neuralgia (6.8%, hearing loss (6.8% and hoarseness (3.4%, and a part of MC patients presented some serious complications. Examination of CSF of MC patients revealed an increase in intracranial pressure, and the presence of white blood cells, red blood cells and increased protein content, while the contents of glucose and chlorides decreased. The content of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA increased obviously, and CSF cytological exam was found to be positive in 26% patients. Head CT may not helpful for the diagnosis of the MC. The enhanced brain MRI scanning may reveal abnormal enhancement of piamater in 94.7% of MC patients, with diffuse enhancement in 94.4% of cases occurring mostly in piamater and subarachnoid space. Conclusions  MC is an unique form of brain metastases of malignant tumor. The clinical feature are varied and lack of specificity. Enhanced brain MRI scanning and CSF examination may provide some value for diagnosis. Meningeal metastasis is one of the most critical complications resulting in high mortality. Early diagnosis of MC followed by enhanced treatment can prolong survival time and improve patients' prognosis. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2016.03.09

  5. Microbial study of meningitis and encephalitis cases.

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    Selim, Heba S; El-Barrawy, Mohamed A; Rakha, Magda E; Yingst, Samuel L; Baskharoun, Magda F

    2007-01-01

    Meningitis and/or encephalitis can pose a serious public health problem especially during outbreaks. A rapid and accurate diagnosis is important for effective earlier treatment. This study aimed to identify the possible microbial causes of meningitis and/or encephalitis cases. CSF and serum samples were collected from 322 patients who had signs and symptoms suggestive of meningitis and/or encephalitis. Out of 250 cases with confirmed clinical diagnosis, 83 (33.2%) were definitely diagnosed as bacterial meningitis and/or encephalitis cases (by using CSF culture, biochemical tests, latex agglutination test, and CSF stain), 17 (6.8%) were definitely diagnosed as having viral causes ( by viral isolation on tissue culture, PCR and ELISA), and one (0.4%) was diagnosed as fungal meningitis case (by India ink stain, culture, and biochemical tests). Also, there was one encephalitis case with positive serum ELISA IgM antibodies against Sandfly scilian virus. N. meningitidis, S. pneumonia and M. tuberculosis were the most frequently detected bacterial agents, while Enteroviruses, herpes simplex viruses and varicella zoster viruses were the most common viral agents encountered. Further studies are needed to assess the role of different microbial agents in CNS infections and their effective methods of diagnosis.

  6. A Vignette-Based Survey to Assess Clinical Decision Making Regarding Antibiotic Use and Hospitalization of Patients with Probable Aseptic Meningitis

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    Glenn Patriquin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The many etiologies of meningitis influence disease severity – most viral causes are self-limiting, while bacterial etiologies require antibiotics and hospitalization. Aided by laboratory findings, the physician judges whether to admit and empirically treat the patient (presuming a bacterial cause, or to treat supportively as if it were viral.

  7. Computed tomography in suppurative meningitis. CT and clinical findings in the acute stage

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    Yoshida, Akira; Fujiwara, Katsuhiko; Iino, Shigeru (Kyoto Prefectural Univ. of Medicine (Japan))

    1982-06-01

    Computed tomography abnormalities revealed in 18 of 29 patients (62%) with infantile supprative meningitis. The abnormalities included ventricular dilatation (12 cases), subdural edema (8), cerebral infarction (4), cerebral atrophy (3), encephalitis (2), and cerebral herniation (1). The comparative study of CT pictures and clinical findings in the acute stage of the disease showed that the high incidence of these abnormalities occurred in the following conditions: 1) The age was less than 1 year, 2) establishment of the diagnosis took more than 5 days, 3) glucose of the cerebrospinal fluid was less than 200 mg/dl, 4) protein of the cerebrospinal fluid was more than 200 mg/dl, and 5) convulsion occurred 24 hrs after institution of the treatment.

  8. Aetiology, Clinical Presentation, and Outcome of Meningitis in Patients Coinfected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Tuberculosis

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    Smita Bhagwan; Kogieleum Naidoo

    2011-01-01

    We conducted a retrospective review of confirmed HIV-TB coinfected patients previously enrolled as part of the SAPiT study in Durban, South Africa. Patients with suspected meningitis were included in this case series. From 642 individuals, 14 episodes of meningitis in 10 patients were identified. For 8 patients, this episode of meningitis was the AIDS defining illness, with cryptococcus (9/14 episodes) and tuberculosis (3/14 episodes) as the commonest aetiological agents. The combination of h...

  9. Clinical features, laboratory data, management and the risk factors that affect the mortality in patients with postoperative meningitis

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    Erdem Ilknur

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Nosocomial meningitis is a rare complication following neurosurgical procedures and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics and the risk factors associated with mortality in patients who developed nosocomial meningitis following neurosurgical operations. Setting and design: Tertiary care hospital and an observational study. Materials and Methods: The study subjects included 2265 patients who underwent various neurosurgical operations during 2003-05. The diagnosis of nosocomial meningitis was based on the Center for Disease Control criteria. Statistical analysis: It was performed by using Statistical Package for Social Sciences for Windows 10.0 program. Results: The incidence of postoperative nosocomial meningitis was 2.7% (62 episodes in 49 patients among 2265 patients operated. Staphylococcus aureus and Acinetobacter spp. were the most frequently isolated pathogens. Of the 49 with meningitis 20 (40.8% patients died. In the logistic regression analysis model, Glascow coma scale score less than 10 (Odds Ratio (OR: 19.419, 95% Confidence Interval (CI; 1.637-230.41, P = 0.001, and low cerebrospinal fluid glucose level (≤ 30 mg/ dL (OR: 10.272, 95% CI; 1.273-82.854, P = 0.002, and presence of concurrent nosocomial infection (OR: 28.744, 95% CI;1.647-501.73, P =0.001 were the independent risk factors associated with mortality. Conclusion: The mortality in patients who developed meningitis was high. The high percentage of concurrent nosocomial infections was associated with a high mortality rate which was a serious problem.

  10. Meningeal hemangiopericytoma

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    Guang-zhi YANG

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the clinical, neuroimaging and pathological features of meningeal hemangiopericytoma.  Methods One case of meningeal hemangiopericytoma was reported, and the relevant literatures were also reviewed.  Results A 40-year-old male had caught a headache for about 3 months with muscle weakness in the left limb, and became progressively serious for 2 weeks. Brain MRI displayed a space-occupying lesion in the right temporal lobe with equal signals in T1WI, mixed signals in T2WI and obvious enhancements. In surgery, the tumor was found to be located in the cranial fossa, and was completely removed. The tumor was large, with rich blood supply, and had no capsule. In histology, the neoplasm was composed of dense spindle cells with mild atypia. The boundary of the tumor cells was unclear. The nuclei were circular, oval or spindle with obvious mitoses (4/10 HPF. There were plenty of thick-wall blood vessels and blood sinuses with characteristic "staghorn" shape. In immunohistochemistry, CD34 and vimentin (Vim were positive, epithelial membrane antigen (EMA was focally positive and Ki-67 labeling index was 17%-20%. Postoperative radiotherapy was adopted and no relapse was found during the 20-month follow-up period. Conclusions The meningeal hemangiopericytoma is easy to be misdiagnosed as meningioma, however, the prognosis of meningeal hemangiopericytoma is quite worse, thus the differential diagnosis is very important. A clear diagnosis often depends on pathological examination. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2015.03.011

  11. Lack of Proinflammatory Cytokine Interleukin-6 or Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor-1 Results in a Failure of the Innate Immune Response after Bacterial Meningitis

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    Lea-Jessica Albrecht

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    Full Text Available The most frequent pathogen that causes bacterial meningitis is the Gram-positive bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. By entering the brain, host cells will be activated and proinflammatory cytokines like interleukin-6 (IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α are released. The goal of the current study was to examine the interaction between IL-6 and TNFR1 as receptor for TNF-α and the innate immune response in vivo in a model of Streptococcus pneumoniae-induced meningitis. For the experiments IL-6−/−, TNFR1−/−, and TNFR1-IL-6−/− KO mice were used. Our results revealed higher mortality rates and bacterial burden after infection in TNFR1−/−, IL-6−/−, and TNFR1-IL-6−/− mice and a decreased immune response including lower neutrophil infiltration in the meninges of TNFR1−/− and TNFR1-IL-6−/− mice in contrast to IL-6−/− and wild type mice. Furthermore, the increased mortality of TNFR1−/− and TNFR1-IL-6−/− mice correlated with decreased glial cell activation compared to IL-6−/− or wild type mice after pneumococcal meningitis. Altogether, the results show the importance of TNFR1 and IL-6 in the regulation of the innate immune response. The lack of TNFR1 and IL-6 results in higher mortality by weakened immune defence, whereas the lack of TNFR1 results in more severe impairment of the innate immune response than the lack of IL-6 alone.

  12. Viral etiology of aseptic meningitis among children in southern Iran.

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    Hosseininasab, Ali; Alborzi, Abdolvahab; Ziyaeyan, Mazyar; Jamalidoust, Marzieh; Moeini, Mahsa; Pouladfar, Gholamreza; Abbasian, Amin; Kadivar, Mohamad Rahim

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    Aseptic meningitis refers to a clinical syndrome of meningeal inflammation in which bacteria cannot be identified in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The viral etiology and the epidemiological, clinical, and laboratory characteristics of aseptic meningitis among children aged 2 months to 15 years in Shiraz, southern Iran were determined. From May 2007 to April 2008, 65 patients were admitted to the hospital with aseptic meningitis. Seven viruses, non-polio human enteroviruses, mumps virus, herpes simplex virus (HSV), varicella-zoster virus (VZV), human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), human herpes virus type 6 (HHV-6), and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) were investigated by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method. Viruses were detected in 30 (46.2%) patients in whom non-polio human enterovirus and mumps virus were detected in 13 (43.3%) and 11 (36.7%), respectively. The remaining 6 (20%) of the cases were caused by HSV, VZV, HCMV, and HHV-6. Haemophilus influenzae and non-polio human enterovirus were detected in one patient simultaneously. Viral meningitis was found to be more frequent during spring and summer. The majority (66.6%) of the patients were treated in the hospital for 10 days and had received antibiotics in the case of bacterial meningitis. Rapid diagnosis of viral meningitis using PCR testing of CSF can help shorten hospitalization, and avoid the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

  13. Neuro-intensive treatment targeting intracranial hypertension improves outcome in severe bacterial meningitis: an intervention-control study.

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    Martin Glimåker

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of early intracranial pressure (ICP-targeted treatment, compared to standard intensive care, in adults with community acquired acute bacterial meningitis (ABM and severely impaired consciousness. DESIGN: A prospectively designed intervention-control comparison study of adult cases from September 2004 to January 2012. PATIENTS: Included patients were confirmed ABM-cases, aged 16-75 years, with severely impaired mental status on admission. Fifty-two patients, given ICP-targeted treatment at the neuro-intensive care unit, and 53 control cases, treated with conventional intensive care, were included. All the patients received intensive care with mechanical ventilation, sedation, antibiotics and corticosteroids according to current guidelines. Additional ICP-treatment in the intervention group included cerebrospinal fluid drainage using external ventricular catheters (n = 48, osmotherapy (n = 21, hyperventilation (n = 13, external cooling (n = 9, gram-doses of methylprednisolone (n = 3 and deep barbiturate sedation (n = 2 aiming at ICP 50 mmHg. MEASUREMENTS: The primary endpoint was mortality at two months and secondary endpoint was Glasgow outcome score and hearing ability at follow-up at 2-6 months. OUTCOMES: The mortality was significantly lower in the intervention group compared to controls, 5/52 (10% versus 16/53 (30%; relative risk reduction 68%; p<0.05. Furthermore, only 17 patients (32% in the control group fully recovered compared to 28 (54% in the intervention group (relative risk reduction 40%; p<0.05. CONCLUSIONS: Early neuro-intensive care using ICP-targeted therapy, mainly cerebrospinal fluid drainage, reduces mortality and improves the overall outcome in adult patients with ABM and severely impaired mental status on admission.

  14. Clinical characteristics and treatment of purulent meningitis in adults%成人化脓性脑膜炎临床特点与诊治分析

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    薄宇清; 王智勇; 吴景录

    2013-01-01

    目的 分析探讨成人化脓性脑膜炎的临床特点,提高成人化脓性脑膜炎的诊治水平.方法 回顾性分析医院2007年1月—2011年12月收治的26例成人化脓性脑膜炎患者的临床资料.结果 患者入院后根据脑脊液生化检查结果诊断化脓性脑膜炎,脑脊液细菌培养阳性16例,其中肺炎链球菌感染9例,大肠埃希菌及肺炎杆菌感染各2例,金黄色葡萄球菌、肺炎克雷伯菌、表皮葡萄球菌感染各1例;经抗感染治疗后,患者住院3~25 d,平均住院天数12 d;好转23例,死亡3例.结论 成人化脓性脑膜炎的多有明确的病因,临床表现不特异,脑脊液及颅脑影像学检查有助于诊断,根据脑脊液细菌培养及药敏结果给予抗菌药物治疗,可以取得一定效果.%OBJECTIVE To analyze the clinical characteristics of purulent meningitis in adults so as to improve the level of diagnosis and treatment of the purulent meningitis in the adults.METHODS A total of 26 cases of adult patients with purulent meningitis,who were treated in the hospital from Jan 2007 to Dec 2011,were ebrolled in the study,then the clinical data of the patients were retrospectively analyzed.RESULTS The purulent meningitis was diagnosed with cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) biochemical test results after the patient were enrolled,the bacterial culture of cerebrospinal fluid was positive in 16 cases,among which there were 9 cases with Streptococcus pneumoniae infections,2 cases with Escherichia coli infections,2 cases with Pneumobacillus infections,1 case with Staphylococcus aureus infections,1 case with Klebsiella pneumoniae infections,and 1 case with Staphylococcus epidermidis infections.After the anti-infection therapy,the hospitalization duration varied from 3 days to 25 days with the mean time of 12 days,23 cases improved,and 3 cases died.CONCLUSION There are many definite causes of purulent meningitis in the adults,and the clinical manifestations are atypical

  15. Genotypic Diversity Is Associated with Clinical Outcome and Phenotype in Cryptococcal Meningitis across Southern Africa.

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    Beale, Mathew A; Sabiiti, Wilber; Robertson, Emma J; Fuentes-Cabrejo, Karen M; O'Hanlon, Simon J; Jarvis, Joseph N; Loyse, Angela; Meintjes, Graeme; Harrison, Thomas S; May, Robin C; Fisher, Matthew C; Bicanic, Tihana

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    Cryptococcal meningitis is a major cause of mortality throughout the developing world, yet little is known about the genetic markers underlying Cryptococcal virulence and patient outcome. We studied a cohort of 230 Cryptococcus neoformans (Cn) isolates from HIV-positive South African clinical trial patients with detailed clinical follow-up using multi-locus sequence typing and in vitro phenotypic virulence assays, correlating these data with clinical and fungal markers of disease in the patient. South African Cn displayed high levels of genetic diversity and locus variability compared to globally distributed types, and we identified 50 sequence types grouped within the main molecular types VNI, VNII and VNB, with 72% of isolates typed into one of seven 'high frequency' sequence types. Spatial analysis of patients' cryptococcal genotype was not shown to be clustered geographically, which might argue against recent local acquisition and in favour of reactivation of latent infection. Through comparison of MLST genotyping data with clinical parameters, we found a relationship between genetic lineage and clinical outcome, with patients infected with the VNB lineage having significantly worse survival (n=8, HR 3.35, CI 1.51-7.20, p=0.003), and this was maintained even after adjustment for known prognostic indicators and treatment regimen. Comparison of fungal genotype with in vitro phenotype (phagocytosis, laccase activity and CSF survival) performed on a subset of 89 isolates revealed evidence of lineage-associated virulence phenotype, with the VNII lineage displaying increased laccase activity (p=0.001) and ex vivo CSF survival (p=0.0001). These findings show that Cryptococcus neoformans is a phenotypically heterogeneous pathogen, and that lineage plays an important role in cryptococcal virulence during human infection. Furthermore, a detailed understanding of the genetic diversity in Southern Africa will support further investigation into how genetic diversity is

  16. Which clinical parameters predict a positive CSF diagnosis of meningitis in a population with high HIV prevalence?

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    Will Loughborough

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Background. The HIV epidemic has changed the aetiology of meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa, and frontline clinicians are faced with a variety of meningitic presentations. Doctors working in resource-limited settings have the challenge of appropriately selecting patients for lumbar puncture (LP, a potentially risky procedure that requires laboratory analysis. Methods. In a rural South African hospital, the practice of performing LPs was audited against local guidelines. Data were collected retrospectively between February and June 2013. Symptoms and signs of meningitis, HIV status, investigations performed prior to LP and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF results were recorded. With the aim of determining statistically significant clinical predictors of meningitis, parameters were explored using univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses.Results. A total of 107 patients were included, of whom 43% had an abnormal CSF result. The majority (76% of patients were HIV-positive (CD4+ cell count <200 cells/µl in 46%. Cryptococcal meningitis (CCM was the most prevalent microbiological diagnosis, confirmed in 10 out of 12 patients. Of the non-microbiological diagnoses, lymphocytic predominance was the most common abnormality, present in 17 out of 33 patients. Confusion (p=0.011 was the most statistically significant predictor of an abnormal CSF result. Headache (p=0.355, fever (p=0.660 and photophobia (p=0.634 were not statistically predictive.Conclusion. The high incidence of CCM correlates with previous data from sub-Saharan Africa. In populations with high HIV prevalence, the classic meningitic symptoms of headache, fever and photophobia, while common presenting symptoms, are significantly less predictive of a meningitis diagnosis than confusion.

  17. An unusual case of chronic meningitis

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    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chronic meningitis is defined as symptoms and signs of meningeal inflammation and persisting cerebrospinal fluid abnormalities such as elevated protein level and pleocytosis for at least one month. Case presentation A 62-year-old woman, of unremarkable past medical history, was admitted to hospital for investigation of a four-week history of vomiting, malaise an associated hyponatraemia. She had a low-grade pyrexia with normal inflammatory markers. A CT brain was unremarkable and a contrast MRI brain revealed sub-acute infarction of the right frontal cortex but with no evidence of meningeal enhancement. Due to increasing confusion and patient clinical deterioration a lumbar puncture was performed at 17 days post admission. This revealed gram-negative coccobacilli in the CSF, which was identified as Neisseria meningitidis group B. The patient made a dramatic recovery with high-dose intravenous ceftriaxone antibiotic therapy for meningococcal meningitis. Conclusions 1 Chronic bacterial meningitis may present highly atypically, particularly in the older adult. 2 There may be an absent or reduced febrile response, without a rise in inflammatory markers, despite a very unwell patient. 3 Early lumbar puncture is to be encouraged as it is essential to confirm the diagnosis.4 Despite a delayed diagnosis appropriate antibiotic therapy can still lead to a good outcome.

  18. Epidemiological and clinical studies on aseptic meningitis in 377 cases, 3. A study on brain CT scan in acute phase

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    Nishimura, Masaaki; Kondo, Tomio; Takashima, Akira; Kono, Shinya; Yamashina, Manabu (Ogaki Shimin Hospital, Gifu (Japan))

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    Brain CT scan performed in the acute phase of aseptic meningitis in 88 cases revealed abnormal findings in 5 consisting of 2 of cerebral edema, 2 of subdural hygroma and one of cerebral atrophy. Clinical findings showed no particular relation to the age, but cerebral edema was observed in the cases of possible cephalomeningitis diagnosed on the basis of accompanying convulsion and disturbance of consciousness. Abnormal findings were associated with 25% of symptoms diagnosed more than 4 days after onset.

  19. 儿童细菌性脑膜炎预警指标的病例对照研究%Predictors of Bacterial Meningitis in Children:A Case -control Study

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    郭建花; 张欣; 张世勇; 李静; 周吉坤; 孙印旗

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    the control group comprised patients confirmed with non - bacterial meningitis. Statistic data, epidemiological characteristics, clinical manifestations and conventional laboratory indicators of the two groups were collected. multivariate conditional Logistic regression analysis was undertaken to investigate the influencing factors for bacterial meningitis in children. Results The single factor conditional Logistic regression analysis showed that the two groups were significantly different(P <0. 05)in age,onset season,vomit,neck rigidity,neutrophile granulocyte in blood specimen, appearance of cerebrospinal fluid and white blood cell count in cerebrospinal fluid. With the occurrence of bacterial meningitis or not as dependent variables and the indexes that have statistical significance in univariate analysis as independent variables, multivariate conditional Logistic regression analysis showed that age(OR=10. 36,P=0. 003),onset season(OR=0. 06,P=0. 007),neck rigidity(OR=17. 01,P=0. 048),neutrophile granulocyte in blood specimen(OR=12. 43,P=0. 028), appearance of cerebrospinal fluid(OR=2. 59,P=0. 014)and white blood cell count in cerebrospinal fluid(OR=2. 31,P=0. 047) entered the regression equation. Conclusion Being aged 1 to < 5, no summer onset, neck rigidity, score of neutrophile granulocyte in blood specimen,appearance of cerebrospinal fluid and white blood cell count in cerebrospinal fluid are predictors for bacterial meningitis in children,which could be used for the precaution and prevention of the disease in children.

  20. Meningitis (For Parents)

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    ... Old Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-Old Meningitis KidsHealth > For Parents > Meningitis A A A What's ... to Call the Doctor en español Meningitis About Meningitis Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the ...

  1. Ten years experience with 497 cases of neuroinfections in tropic: in limited laboratory infrastructure initially treat both, cerebral malaria and meningitis.

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    Benca, J; Ondrusova, A; Adamcova, J; Takacova, M; Polonova, J; Taziarova, M

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    Review of 497 cases of neuroinfections in 7 tropical clinics in Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Sudan within 2000-2007 was performed. 97.5% of all cases was cerebral malaria (40.1%) and bacterial meningitis (56.4%). TB meningitis, cerebral cryptococcosis and sleeping sickness were very rare.

  2. Meningitis - pneumococcal

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    ... causes meningitis. Causes Pneumococcal meningitis is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria (also called pneumococcus, or S pneumoniae ). This type ... Saunders; 2015:chap 89. Wood JB, Peters TR. Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme ...

  3. Fungal Meningitis

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    ... Schedules Preteen & Teen Vaccines Meningococcal Disease Sepsis Fungal Meningitis Language: English Español (Spanish) Recommend on Facebook Tweet ... the brain or spinal cord. Investigation of Fungal Meningitis, 2012 In September 2012, the Centers for Disease ...

  4. Extraction of Bacterial Genomic DNA from Cerebrospinal Fluid of Bacterial Meningitis Patients and Identification of 16S rDNA%细菌性脑膜炎患者脑脊液细菌基因组DNA的提取及16SrDNA的鉴定

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    梁志娟; 侯晓霖; 王振海; 刘爱翠

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the application of 16S rDNA as a diagnostic tool for bacterial meningitis . Methods The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples were harvested from patients clinically suspected of bacterial meningitis . Bacterial genomic DNA in the CSF was extracted after bacterial enrichment by high-speed centrifugation. Then PCR amplification of 16S rDNA fragment was performed. The results of PCR amplification were compared with those of bacterial culture. Results Twenty-three of the 58 (39.7% ) cases were positive for 16S rDNA in PCR amplification ,which was significantly higher than the positive rate of bacterial culture with only 10 positive cases (17. 2% )(P<0. 05 ). Conclusion The DNA extraction and 16S rDNA PCR detection are simple procedures with short time consumption and high sensitivity suggesting their good application prospect in etio-logical diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.%目的 探讨16S rDNA聚合酶链式反应(PCR)在细菌性脑脊液病原菌检查中的应用价值.方法 收集临床疑诊为细菌性脑膜炎的患者脑脊液标本,高速离心富集细菌后,进行脑脊液中细菌基因组DNA的提取,再进行16S rDNA PCR扩增和琼脂糖凝胶电泳.将检测结果与传统的细菌培养结果进行比较.结果 58例患者脑脊液样本中,23例16S rDNA PCR阳性,阳性率为39.7%;58例脑脊液样本中细菌培养阳性为10例,阳性率为17.2%.PCR检测阳性率明显高于传统的细菌分离培养法(P<0.05).结论 脑脊液细菌基因组DNA提取及16S rDNA PCR鉴定技术操作简单,耗时短,灵敏度高,在细菌性脑膜炎病原学诊断方面具有良好的应用前景.

  5. Risk factors for bacterial meningitis after major craniotomy in adults%成人开颅术后并发细菌性脑膜炎的危险因素分析

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    张冰琰; 陈晨; 虞胜镭; 邵凌云; 张文宏; 陈澍

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the incidence,bacterial pathogen and risk factors of bacterial meningitis after major craniotomy.Methods Clinical data of patients who underwent at least one craniotomy in Huashan Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University in 2008 were collected.All subjects were ≥ 18 years old,and survived at least 7 days after surgery.Patients with only cerebrospinal fluid drainage,burr holes,cranioplasty,vascular interventional surgery,transsphenoidal or spinal surgery were excluded.Risk factors for bacterial meningitis after major craniotomy were analyzed by Logistic regression.Results A total of 691 patients were enrolled,in 60 of whom (8.68%) bacterial meningitis was identified.Among 44 samples,5 were positive in culture with 2 of Acinetobacter baumannii,1 of Enterococcus faecalis,1 of Streptococcus intermedius and 1 of Klebsiella pneumonia.Diabetes (OR =5.79,95% CI:1.40-23.93,P =0.02),Glasgow Coma Scale score < 12 (OR =6.56,95% CI:1.17-36.80,P =0.03),external ventricular drainage (OR =4.31,95% CI:1.57-11.82,P =0.01),and continuous lumbar cistern drainage (OR =22.82,95% CI:10.31-50.52,P =0.00) were independent risk factors for bacterial meningitis after major craniotomy.Patients with external ventricular drainage > 7 d were 11.82 times more likely to develop bacterial meningitis,and those with continuous lumbar cistern drainage > 10 d were 25.50 times more likely to develop bacterial meningitis.Conclusions Bacterial meningitis remains a common complication after major craniotomy,and most are induced by Gram-negative bacilli.Diabetes,Glasgow Coma Scale score,external ventricular drainage and continuous lumbar cistern drainage may increase its incidence.%目的 探讨开颅术后细菌性脑膜炎的发生率、常见病原菌及危险因素.方法 连续收集复旦大学附属华山医院2008年至少接受过一次颅脑手术病例的资料.纳入年龄≥18岁,且术后至少存活7d的病例,排除仅行脑脊髓液引流术、颅

  6. Bacterial meningitis Meningitis bacateriana aguda en niños: estudio clínico y bacteriológico en el Hospital Infantil de Medellín

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    Between aprl13, 1984 and march 31,1986,95  children with acute bacterial meningitis (ABM were admitted to Hospital lnfantil, Medellín, Colombia. 68 (71.6% were under two years old. Haemophifus influenza  type B was the predominant microorganism (41%, followed by Streptococcus pneumoniae (27.4%, enterobacteriaceae (15.8%, Neisseria meningitidis (4.2%, Staphylococcus aureus (3.2% and betahemolytlc streptococci (2.1%. One case produced by Streptococcus agalactiae was the first one in our Hospital and another one due to Shigella was the first one in Colombia. Bacterial origin was confirmed in 93.7% of the cases, employing direct examination, cultures and counter immuno electrophoresis. The most frequent clinical manifestations were: fever, vomit, irritability, meningeai irritation and seizures; the younger the patient the most severe the clinical picture. Those with persistent focal seizures showed cerebral infarction, subdural effusion, ventricular dilatation or a combination of them. Mortality was 19%; sequelae were observed in 26% (seizure, motor deficit and deafness; Haemophilus influenzae resistance to ampicilin was observed for the first time in this institution. We suggest modifications in the initial therapeutic approach and recommend the suppression of the routine pre-discharge lumbar puncture.

    Entre abril 3 de 1984 y marzo 31 de 1986, se estudiaron 95 niños que ingresaron al Hospital Infantil de Medellín con el diagnóstico de meningitis bacteriana aguda (MBA; 68 de ellos fueron menores de 2 años (71.6%; el HaemophiIus influenzae tipo e fue el germen predominante (41.0%; le

  7. An 0bservation on the curative effects of meropenem in the treatment of bacterial meningitis%美罗培南治疗细菌性脑膜炎疗效观察

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    刘见民

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    Objective To observe the clinical effects of meropenem in the treatment of bacterial meningitis. Methods 56 adult patients with bacterial meningitis who were admitted to our hospital from June 2010 to June 2013 were selected and randomLy assigned to two groups, with 28 patients in each group. The control group received intravenous drip of ceftriaxone sodium, while the observation group received intravenous drip of meropenem based on ceftriaxone sodium. The curative effects were compared between the two groups. Results Total effective rate for one week of treatment in the observation group was 67.9%, and 92.9%for two weeks, which were significantly higher than those of 21.4%and 53.6%respectively (P<0.01);bacteria eliminating rate in the observation group was 92.9%, significantly higher than that of 67.2%in the control group (P<0.01). Conclusion A proper use of meropenem treatment based on the results of drug sensitive test in early stages helps improve the curative effects of bacterial meningitis.%目的:观察美罗培南治疗细菌性脑膜炎的临床疗效。方法选取2010年6月~2013年6月我院确诊为细菌性脑膜炎的成人患者56例,随机分为两组,每组28例,对照组用头孢曲松钠静脉滴注;观察组在对照组的基础上加用美罗培南静脉滴注治疗,对比两组疗效。结果观察组治疗1周总有效率为67.9%、2周为92.9%,显著高于对照组的21.4%、53.6%(P<0.01);观察组细菌清除率(92.9%)显著高于对照组(67.2%)(P<0.01)。结论早期根据药敏试验结果合理使用美罗培南治疗方案能有助于提高细菌性脑膜炎的治疗效果。

  8. Characterization of a pneumococcal meningitis mouse model

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    Mook-Kanamori Barry

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background S. pneumoniae is the most common causative agent of meningitis, and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. We aimed to develop an integrated and representative pneumococcal meningitis mouse model resembling the human situation. Methods Adult mice (C57BL/6 were inoculated in the cisterna magna with increasing doses of S. pneumoniae serotype 3 colony forming units (CFU; n = 24, 104, 105, 106 and 107 CFU and survival studies were performed. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF, brain, blood, spleen, and lungs were collected. Subsequently, mice were inoculated with 104 CFU S. pneumoniae serotype 3 and sacrificed at 6 (n = 6 and 30 hours (n = 6. Outcome parameters were bacterial outgrowth, clinical score, and cytokine and chemokine levels (using Luminex® in CSF, blood and brain. Meningeal inflammation, neutrophil infiltration, parenchymal and subarachnoidal hemorrhages, microglial activation and hippocampal apoptosis were assessed in histopathological studies. Results Lower doses of bacteria delayed onset of illness and time of death (median survival CFU 104, 56 hrs; 105, 38 hrs, 106, 28 hrs. 107, 24 hrs. Bacterial titers in brain and CSF were similar in all mice at the end-stage of disease independent of inoculation dose, though bacterial outgrowth in the systemic compartment was less at lower inoculation doses. At 30 hours after inoculation with 104 CFU of S. pneumoniae, blood levels of KC, IL6, MIP-2 and IFN- γ were elevated, as were brain homogenate levels of KC, MIP-2, IL-6, IL-1β and RANTES. Brain histology uniformly showed meningeal inflammation at 6 hours, and, neutrophil infiltration, microglial activation, and hippocampal apoptosis at 30 hours. Parenchymal and subarachnoidal and cortical hemorrhages were seen in 5 of 6 and 3 of 6 mice at 6 and 30 hours, respectively. Conclusion We have developed and validated a murine model of pneumococcal meningitis.

  9. Protocolo de actuación forense ante la sospecha de meningitis bacteriana y shock séptico fulminante Protocol for the forensic action with regard to the suspicion of bacterial meningitis and fulminant septicemia

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    A. Fernández-Rodríguez

    2004-07-01

    meningoceal infection, wich can progress rapidly and fataly, causing sudden death. In such cases, it is urgent to identify "Neisseria meningitidis" urgently in order to assure the appropiate treatment of people who have come into contact. This agent is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis and septicemia in children and young adults. Due to the rapid development of such infections, ante-mortem cultures sometimes are not taken, making the forensic diagnosis essential. Although post-mortem findings are often typical of the Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome, they may sometimes be overlooked or caused by other organisms. For these reasons, a microbiological forensic diagnosis is crucial. This article presents a forensic procedure to diagnose the etiology of fulminant bacterial meningitis or septic shock. The aseptic sampling should include blood, sera, LCR, pleural effusions, urine and fresh tissues. These samples can be submitted to the Instituto Nacional de Toxicología y Ciencias Forenses for their early analyses. Antigenic tests are performed as screening techniques, and real-time PCR assays are also done to detect meningococcus and identify its serogroup. The results of these analyses are reported in 3 hours. Bacterial cultures are also performed. Additional PCR may be performed to diagnose other fragile bacteria that are difficult to recover post-mortem. The collaboration within all legal institutions and between those and health authorities is essential to best deal with this issue.

  10. Management of cryptococcal meningitis in a district hospital in KwaZulu-Natal: A clinical audit

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    Benjamin O. Adeyemi

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    Full Text Available Background: Despite the development of context-specific guidelines, cryptococcal meningitis (CCM remains a leading cause of death amongst HIV-infected patients. Results from clinical audits in routine practice have shown critical gaps in clinicians’ adherence to recommendations regarding the management of CCM.Aim: The aim of this study was to review the acute management of CCM at an urban district hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with a view to making recommendations for improving care.Setting: An urban district hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.Methods: A retrospective audit was performed on clinical records of all patients (age > 13 years admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of CCM between June 2011 and December 2012.Results: Measurement of cerebrospinal fluid opening pressure at initial lumbar puncture (LP was done rarely and only 23.4% of patients had therapeutic LPs. The majority of patients (117/127; 92.1% received amphotericin B, however, only 19 of the 117 patients (16.2% completed the 14-day treatment target. Amphotericin B-toxicity monitoring and prevention was suboptimal; however, in-patient referral for HIV counselling and testing was excellent.Conclusions: The quality of care of CCM based on selected process criteria showed gaps in routine care at the hospital despite the availability of context-specific guidelines. An action plan for improving care was developed based on stakeholders’ feedback. A repeat audit should be conducted in the future in order to evaluate the impact of this plan and to ensure that improvements are sustained.

  11. Clinical and microbiological features of HIV-associated tuberculous meningitis in Vietnamese adults.

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    M Estee Torok

    Full Text Available METHODS: The aim of this prospective, observational cohort study was to determine the clinical and microbiological features, outcome, and baseline variables predictive of death, in Vietnamese adults with HIV-associated tuberculous meningitis (TBM. 58 patients were admitted to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City and underwent routine clinical and laboratory assessments. Treatment was with standard antituberculous therapy and adjunctive dexamethasone; antiretroviral therapy was not routinely available. Patients were followed up until the end of TB treatment or death. RESULTS: The median symptom duration was 11 days (range 2-90 days, 21.8% had a past history of TB, and 41.4% had severe (grade 3 TBM. The median CD4 count was 32 cells/mm(3. CSF findings were as follows: median leucocyte count 438 x 10(9cells/l (63% neutrophils, 69% smear positive and 87.9% culture positive. TB drug resistance rates were high (13% mono-resistance 32.6% poly-resistance 8.7% multidrug resistance. 17% patients developed further AIDS-defining illnesses. 67.2% died (median time to death 20 days. Three baseline variables were predictive of death by multivariate analysis: increased TBM grade [adjusted hazard ratio (AHR 1.73, 95% CI 1.08-2.76, p = 0.02], lower serum sodium (AHR 0.93, 95% CI 0.89 to 0.98, p = 0.002 and decreased CSF lymphocyte percentage (AHR 0.98, 95% CI 0.97 to 0.99, p = 0.003. CONCLUSIONS: HIV-associated TBM is devastating disease with a dismal prognosis. CSF findings included CSF neutrophil predominance, high rates of smear and culture positivity, and high rates of antituberculous drug resistance. Three baseline variables were independently associated with death: increased TBM grade; low serum sodium and decreased CSF lymphocyte percentage.

  12. Scrub typhus meningitis or meningoencephalitis.

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    Kim, Dong-Min; Chung, Jong-Hoon; Yun, Na-Ra; Kim, Seok Won; Lee, Jun-Young; Han, Mi Ah; Lee, Yong-Bok

    2013-12-01

    Orientia tsutsugamushi induces vasculitis leading to symptoms of systemic organ invasion including meningitis and meningoencephalitis. We conducted a retrospective case-control study of scrub typhus patients to investigate the clinical and laboratory features of patients with scrub typhus meningitis or meningoencephalitis, and the therapeutic outcomes, and to determine the predictor factors. Cases were 22 patients with scrub typhus meningitis or meningoencephalitis, and controls were 303 patients without meningitis or meningoencephalitis. Multivariate analysis showed that the presence of pneumonitis was associated with the occurrence of scrub typhus meningitis and meningoencephalitis (odds ratio [OR] 8.9; P meningitis or meningoencephalitis still occurred in some cases. Physicians should be aware that meningitis or meningoencephalitis may develop during appropriate drug therapy such as doxycycline. Close observation and great care are essential for patients with risk factors, particularly pneumonitis.

  13. Transforming clinical microbiology with bacterial genome sequencing.

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    Didelot, Xavier; Bowden, Rory; Wilson, Daniel J; Peto, Tim E A; Crook, Derrick W

    2012-09-01

    Whole-genome sequencing of bacteria has recently emerged as a cost-effective and convenient approach for addressing many microbiological questions. Here, we review the current status of clinical microbiology and how it has already begun to be transformed by using next-generation sequencing. We focus on three essential tasks: identifying the species of an isolate, testing its properties, such as resistance to antibiotics and virulence, and monitoring the emergence and spread of bacterial pathogens. We predict that the application of next-generation sequencing will soon be sufficiently fast, accurate and cheap to be used in routine clinical microbiology practice, where it could replace many complex current techniques with a single, more efficient workflow.

  14. Acute bacterial meningitis caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae resistant to the antimicrobian agents and their serotypes Meningite bacteriana aguda por Streptococcus pneumoniae resistente aos antimicrobianos e seus sorotipos

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    Andrea Maciel de Oliveira Rossoni

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available The main objectives of this study are to evaluate the resistance rates of Streptococcus pneumonia to penicillin G, ceftriaxone and vancomycin in patients with meningitis; to analyze possible risk factors to the antimicrobian resistance; to describe the serotypes detected and to suggest an initial empirical treatment for meningitis. The sensitiveness and serotypes of all isolated S. pneumoniae of patients with acute bacterial meningitis received by the Paraná State Central Laboratory from April 2001 to august 2002 have been evaluated. One hundred S. pneumoniae have been isolated, of which 15% were resistant to penicillin, 1% to cephalosporin and 0% to vancomycin. The serotypes most found were 14 (19%, 3 and 23F (10% each. When only the resistant serotypes were analyzed, the most prevalent was the 14 with 44%. The risk factors found in relation to the S. pneumoniae resistance were: age under one year old (p=0.01 and previous use of antibiotic (p=0.046. The resistance rates found, which were moderate to penicillin, low to cephalosporin and neutral to vancomycin, suggest the isolated use of a 3rd generation cephalosporin as an initial empirical therapy for the treatment of acute bacterial meningitis with a communitarian background.Este estudo teve como objetivo avaliar as taxas de resistência de Streptococcus pneumoniae, isolados de pacientes com meningite, à penicilina G, ceftriaxona e vancomicina; avaliar possíveis fatores de risco para resistência antimicrobiana; descrever os sorotipos encontrados e sugerir a terapêutica empírica inicial para meningite. Foram isoladas 100 amostras de S. pneumoniae, encontrando-se 15% de resistência à penicilina, 1% à cefalosporina e 0% à vancomicina. Os sorotipos mais encontrados foram 14 (19%, 3 e 23F (10% cada. Analisando-se os resistentes, o sorotipo 14 (44% também foi o mais freqüente. Os fatores de risco para resistência de S. pneumoniae encontrados foram: idade menor que um ano (p=0,01 e o uso

  15. Update on immunology associated with bacterial meningitis%细菌性脑膜炎的免疫学研究进展

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    毛丹丹

    2015-01-01

    细菌性脑膜炎是小儿时期最常见的中枢神经系统感染性疾病之一,尽管给予积极治疗,其病死率及致残率仍居高不下.研究表明,病原感染后导致宿主免疫失调是该病高致残率的主要因素.补体C3沉积细菌表面并活化是补体介导的细菌清除的关键步骤.脑脊液中C3或C5水平明显变化提示预后不良.致病菌穿过血脑屏障后,细菌细胞组分被模式识别受体识别,刺激机体产生过量细胞因子,介导白细胞募集及氧化应激反应,最终导致神经元不可逆损伤.该文以肺炎链球菌感染为例,综述细菌性脑膜炎的免疫学研究进展.%Bacterial meningitis is one of the most common infectious diseases of the central nervous system in childhood,with high mortality and disability rate despite available treatment.Studies have shown that the host's immunity dysfunction after the infection plays a central role in neurological sequelae.The deposition and activation of complement component C3 on the bacterial surface is a key step in the complement cascade leading to elimination of the microbe,and the level of complement component C3 or C5 in cerebrospinal fluid may predict outcome of bacterial meningitis.After the microorganisms cross the blood-brain barrier,bacterial compounds are recognized by pattern recognition receptors,triggering the production of excessive cytokines,attracting leukocytes and generating oxidative stress,which contributes to neuron injury irreversibly.This review focuses on current research progress on immunology associated with pneumococcal meningitis.

  16. Latex agglutination vs. counterimmunoelectrophoresis in the diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis Aglutinación de partículas de látex vs. contrainmunoelectroforesis en meningitis bacteriana aguda

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    Witer Elena Vallejo López

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    A comparison was made between latex particles agglutination (LPA and counterimmunoelectrophoresis (CIE in the diagnosis of 57 children with acute bacterial meningitis; reagents were utllized to detect infection by Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neísseria meningitídís. Results of both tests were similar for diagnosis of H. ínfluenzae and S. pneumoniae; in contrast only 30.0% of cases due to N. meningitidis gave a positive result with LP A and none was detected with CIE.in 12 patients (21.0% LPA and CIE were the only tests that allowed a precise determination ot the etiology of the disease. The authors recommend LPA for the particular situation of limited availability of funds since it is more economic than CIE and the quality of the results is similar.

    Se estudiaron 57 pacientes con meningitis aguda, de etiología bacteriana comprobada; 47.4% (27 casos fueron causados por Haemophilus influenzae tipo b; 21.0% (12 casos por Streptococcus pneumoniae; 17.5% (10 casos por Neisseria meningitidis; 5.3% (3 casos por Staphylococcus aureus,. 5.3% (3 casos por enterobacterias y 3.5% (2 casos por gérmenes no Identificados por cultivos. Se comparó la aglutinación de partículas de látex (APL con la contralnmunoelectroforesis (CIE en los pacientes con cultivo positivo. La exactitud de ambas fue similar para el H. influenzae tipo b y el S. pneumoniae. Tres de los 10 casos con cultivo positivo para N. meningítidis fueron positivos en la APL pero ninguno lo fue en la CIE. Se presentó un falso positivo para H. ínfluenzae con la APL que correspondió a meningitis por Salmonella typhí, Las pruebas inmunológicas estuvieron plenamente justificadas en 12 de los 57 pacientes (21.0%, previamente tratados, en quienes la bacteriología tradicional fue negativa o se quería identificar el germen porque lo único positivo era el gram y se justificaba utilizar el

  17. Clinical characteristics of Haemophilus influenzae meningitis in Denmark in the post-vaccination era

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    Pedersen, T.I.; Howitz, M.; Andersen, Christian Østergaard

    2010-01-01

    P>The introduction of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine into the Danish childhood vaccination programme in 1993 may have influenced the epidemiology of H. influenzae meningitis (i.e. increasing frequency of other non-vaccine types; presentation in other age groups). Based on nationwide...

  18. Cryptococcus neoformans population diversity and clinical outcomes of HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis patients in Zimbabwe

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    Nyazika, Tinashe K; Hagen, Ferry; Machiridza, Tendai; Kutepa, Melody; Masanganise, Faith; Hendrickx, Marijke; Boekhout, Teun; Magombei-Majinjiwa, Tricia; Siziba, Nonthokozo; Chin'ombe, Nyasha; Mateveke, Kudzanai; Meis, Jacques F; Robertson, Valerie J

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    HIV and cryptococcal meningitis co-infection is a major public health problem in most developing countries. Cryptococcus neoformans sensu stricto is responsible for the majority of HIV-associated cryptococcosis cases in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the available information, little is known about cry

  19. Iatrogenic meningitis

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    Eduardo Genaro Mutarelli

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    Full Text Available Iatrogenic meningitis can be caused by a number of mechanisms. The recent case reports of fungal meningitis after application of epidural methylprednisolone caused warning in the medical community. Cases were caused by contaminated lots of methylprednisolone from a single compounding pharmacy. Several medications can cause meninigitis by probable hypersensitivity mechanism. Neurologists should be alert to the recent description of the use of lamotrigine and development of aseptic meningitis.

  20. 细菌性脑炎/脑膜炎266例流行病学分析%Epidemic Analysis of 266 Cases With Bacterial Meningitis or Encephalitis

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    李静; 张振国; 孙印旗; 郭建花; 甄素娟; 王颖童; 贾肇一; 尹遵栋

    2012-01-01

    Objective To provide scientific evidence for the similar nationwide study by understanding the epidemic characteristics and pathogeny spectrum of bacterial meningitis and encephalitis. Methods Cases with bacterial meningitis and encephalitis were investigated, with the blood samples and/ or CSF samples from surveillance cases were collected for laboratory testing. Results From the May, 2007 to December, 2010, 266 cases was reported and investigated. The male - to - female ratio was 1. 56 : 1, the average age of cases was 8. 7 years old, and 73. 7% of cases were children under 10 years old. Cases occurred all the year round, with no obvious seasonal peak. 19. 9% of cases had been vaccinated at least one of vaccines among encephalitis vaccine , meningococcal vaccine and rlib vaccine. 92.4% of cases used the antibiotics before the collection of samples. The main bacterial pathogeny spectrum of laboratory - confirmed bacterial meningitis/encephalitis cases were Streptococcus pneumoniae, Cryptococcus neoformans, Neisseria catarrhalis and Hib. Conclusion The epidemic characteristics and pathogeny spectrum is preliminary understood. It may provide the experience for the national surveillance of bacterial meningitis or encephalitis and other syndrome.%目的 了解急性细菌性脑炎/脑膜脑炎的流行特征与病原谱,为全国范围内开展类似研究提供科学依据.方法 对监测到的细菌性脑炎/脑膜炎开展个案调查并采集血清和或脑脊液标本,开展实验室检测工作.结果 2007 - 05/2010 -12报告的出院诊断为细菌性脑炎/脑膜脑炎患者266例,男女性别比为1.56∶1,平均年龄8.7岁,73.7%的病例集中在10岁以下儿童,各月都有病例发生,无明显发病季节高峰.19.9%病例接种过乙脑、流脑、Hib疫苗中的一种或一种以上,92.4%的病例在标本采集前使用了抗生素.实验室确诊的细菌性脑炎/脑膜脑炎病例的主要病原为肺炎链球菌、脑膜炎奈瑟菌、新

  1. Evolução do comportamento auditivo após meningite bacteriana: relato de caso Auditory behaviour monitoring after bacterial meningitis: case report

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    Ida Lichtig

    1997-06-01

    Full Text Available A deficiência auditiva adquirida tem nas meningites bacterianas a sua principal etiologia e pouco tem-se dito a respeito da evolução para melhora ou piora do comportamento auditivo após a alta hospitalar. O presente estudo descreve o caso de um menino que teve meningite por Haemophilus influenzae aos 5 meses de vida e que entre outras complicações apresentou diminuição da acuidade auditiva detectada na evolução imediata, com melhora significativa posteriormente, confirmada por testes qualitativos e quantitativos. Discute-se a importância e a necessidade do seguimento fonoaudiológico de tais indivíduos para estabelecer orientação adequada.Bacterial meningitis is the main cause for acquired hearing loss. Nevertheless very little has been written about the development of the auditory behaviour either for improvement or for deterioration, after hospital release. The present study describes the case of a five month old boy with Haemophilus influenzae meningitis. Amongst various complications, a decrement in the auditory acuity was detected in the immediate evolution, with significant improvement later on by qualitative and quantitative tests.

  2. CSF ADENOSINE DEAMINASE (ADA ACTIVITY IN PATIENTS WITH MENINGITIS

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Meningitis is inflammation of the meninges (pia, arachnoid and dura mater covering the brain and the spinal cord. ADA is an enzyme in the purine salvage pathway which is found in abundance in active T-lymphocytes. Hence, an attempt was made to estimate the CSF ADA level in patients with suspected meningitis and throw light on its use in differentiating the various types of meningitis. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To estimate the level of CSF adenosine deaminase level in different types of meningitis. To assess its usefulness in differentiating the various types (bacterial, viral and tuberculous of meningitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was conducted at the medical wards of Govt. Rajaji Hospital, Madurai, a prospective analytical study from a period of April 2012 to September 2012. OBSERVATION AND RESULTS Tuberculous meningitis occurred more in the age group of 21–40 years. Bacterial meningitis was seen mainly in patients < 20 years of age. Viral meningitis was seen in all age groups. CSF ADA level was highest in tuberculous meningitis, the mean value being 24.5 U/L. The mean value of ADA in bacterial meningitis was 4.54 U/L and viral meningitis patients had lowest mean ADA value of 2.65 U/L. CONCLUSION In our study, 50 patients with meningitis admitted in Government Rajaji Hospital from April 2012 to September 2012 were evaluated. Meningitis predominantly affected people in the age group of 20-40 years in our study with a male: female ratio of 1.9:1. Cases of tuberculous meningitis constituted 48% of the study group and bacterial and viral meningitis were 26% each. CSF protein values were higher and sugar values lower in patients with tuberculous and bacterial meningitis. CSF cell counts were higher in patients with bacterial meningitis.

  3. Clinical Characteristics and Predictors of Adverse Outcome in Adult and Pediatric Patients With Healthcare-Associated Ventriculitis and Meningitis

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    Srihawan, Chanunya; Castelblanco, Rodrigo Lopez; Salazar, Lucrecia; Wootton, Susan H.; Aguilera, Elizabeth; Ostrosky-Zeichner, Luis; Sandberg, David I.; Choi, HuiMahn A.; Lee, Kiwon; Kitigawa, Ryan; Tandon, Nitin; Hasbun, Rodrigo

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    Background. Healthcare-associated meningitis or ventriculitis is a serious and life-threatening complication of invasive neurosurgical procedures or penetrating head trauma. Methods. We performed a retrospective study of adults and children with the diagnosis of healthcare-associated meningitis or ventriculitis, as defined by the 2015 Centers of Disease Control and Prevention case definition, at 2 large tertiary care hospitals in Houston, Texas from July 2003 to November 2014. Patients were identified by infection control practitioners and by screening cerebrospinal fluid samples sent to the central laboratory. We collected data on demographics, clinical presentations, laboratory results, imaging studies, treatments, and outcomes. Results. A total of 215 patients were included (166 adults and 49 children). A positive cerebrospinal fluid culture was seen in 106 (49%) patients, with the majority of the etiologies being Staphylococcus and Gram-negative rods. An adverse clinical outcome was seen in 167 patients (77.7%) and was defined as death in 20 patients (9.3%), persistent vegetative state in 31 patients (14.4%), severe disability in 77 patients (35.8%), or moderate disability in 39 patients (18.1%). On logistic regression analysis, age >45 years (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 6.47; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.31–18.11; P ≤ .001), abnormal neurological exam (adjusted OR, 3.04; 95% CI, 1.27–7.29; P = .013), and mechanical ventilation (adjusted OR, 5.34; 95% CI, 1.51–18.92; P = .01) were associated with an adverse outcome. Conclusions. Healthcare-associated meningitis or ventriculitis is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. PMID:27419154

  4. 脑膜癌病12例临床特点分析%Clinical analysis of meningeal carcinomatosis in 12 patients

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    万继峰; 陆尤; 徐云燕; 刘长春; 常素杰; 周卫东

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore clinical features, cerebrospinal fluid cytology and imaging findings in meningeal carcinomatosis. Methods The data of clinic, cerebrospinal fluid cytology and imaging findings of 12 patients with meningeal carcinomatosis were analyzed retrospectively, and relevant literatures were also reviewed. Results Headache, vomiting were the most of the capital symptoms of these meningeal carcinomatosis, cranial and spinal nerve damage and signs of meningeal irritation might be associated. There were abnormal levels of intracranial pressure in different extent, and tumor cells were found in the cytological examination of cerebrospinal fluid, while in the MRI enhanced scanning, abnormal linear and strip enhancement of meninges were noted. Conclusion Meningeal carcinomatosis are of some clinical manifestations, and both cerebrospinal fluid cytology results noting tumor cells and MRI enhanced scanning examination are important evidences in diagnosing meningeal carcinomatosis.%目的 探讨脑膜癌病的临床、脑脊液细胞学和影像学特点.方法 对12例诊断为脑膜癌病患者的临床资料进行回顾性总结,并结合文献进行分析.结果 临床首发症状以头痛、呕吐为主,可伴脑神经和脊神经损害及脑膜刺激征;脑脊液压力均不同程度增高,脑脊液中均找到癌细胞;头颅MRI增强扫描可见脑膜强化.结论 脑膜癌病临床表现有一定特征,脑脊液细胞学检查发现癌细胞,头颅MRI增强扫描发现脑膜强化对脑膜癌病的确诊有重要意义.

  5. Management of Community -Acquired Acute Bacterial Meningitis in Children%社区获得性急性细菌性脑膜炎患儿的管理

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    郭虎; 郑帼

    2011-01-01

    Bacterial meningitis(BM) is a common pediatric infectious disease of the nervous system,which often affect the psychomotor development of children, the correct diagnosis and treatment had always been a challenge. The United States, Europe, Canada, France, England had issued guidelines for the management of BM in 2004 - 2010, which were important reference value for guiding clinicians dealing with BM.%细菌性脑膜炎(BM)是小儿常见的神经系统感染性疾病之一,常影响小儿精神运动发育,其正确的诊断和治疗一直是个挑战;美国、欧洲、加拿大、法国、英国先后于2004 - 2010年发布了BM治疗指南,对于指导临床医师处理BM有重要的参考价值.

  6. A review of tuberculous meningitis at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand.

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    Anderson, N E; Somaratne, J; Mason, D F; Holland, D; Thomas, M G

    2010-08-01

    The clinical features, investigations, treatment and outcome were studied in 104 patients with definite or probable tuberculous meningitis. The diagnosis of definite tuberculous meningitis required the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from cultures, or a positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay for M. tuberculosis. In probable tuberculous meningitis, cultures and the PCR assay were negative, but other causes of meningitis were excluded and there was a response to anti-tuberculosis treatment. Of the 104 patients, 36% had a poor outcome (severe disability, persistent vegetative state or death), 12% moderate disability and 52% good recovery. A diagnosis of definite tuberculous meningitis, the severity of the symptoms at presentation and the occurrence of a stroke were significant predictors of a poor outcome. The most common reasons for a delayed diagnosis were presentation with mild symptoms wrongly attributed to a systemic infection, incorrectly attributing CSF abnormalities to non-tuberculous bacterial meningitis and failure to diagnose extraneural tuberculosis associated with meningitis. Recognition of the difficulties in making a diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis may facilitate earlier diagnosis in the future.

  7. Avaliação e acompanhamento audiológico após meningite bacteriana Audiological assessment and follow-up post bacterial meningitis

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    MARIA INÊS VIEIRA COUTO

    1999-09-01

    Full Text Available A deficiência auditiva é uma das sequelas da meningite bacteriana que ocorre com maior frequência em crianças. Este estudo descreve o perfil audiológico (periférico e central de crianças internadas com diagnóstico de meningite bacteriana. Nas 89 crianças que compareceram ao seguimento audiológico após a alta hospitalar e foram submetidas aos testes audiológicos, os resultados evidenciaram que 85,4% apresentaram acuidade auditiva normal em ambas orelhas, 10,1% apresentaram deficiência auditiva neurossensorial bilateral e 4,5% apresentaram deficiência auditiva neurossensorial unilateral. Nos testes que avaliaram as habilidades de processamento auditivo, os resultados mostraram que 10% dessas crianças apresentaram alteração no desempenho de localização auditiva e de reconhecimento de sentenças com mensagem competitiva ipsilateral.Hearing loss is the more frequent sequel of bacterial meningitis in children. This study describes the audiological profile (peripheric and central of 89 children admitted to the hospital wards with the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. Those children attended audiological follow up, after their hospital descharge, and were submitted to audiological tests. The results showed that 85.4% among them presented normal hearing in both ears 10.1% presented bilateral neurosensorial hearing loss and 4.5% presented unilateral neurosensorial hearing loss. The results from the auditory processing skills assessment showed that 10% of those children presented auditory localization and recognition of sentences with competitive messages (Paediatric Sentences Identification - ipsilateral disorders.

  8. Correlation between the neonatal EEG and the neurological examination in the first year of life in infants with bacterial meningitis Correlación entre el EEG neonatal y el examen neurológico en el primer año de vida en recién nacidos con meningitis bacteriana

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    Adrián Poblano

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess the contribution of neonatal electroencephalogram (EEG and its correlation with the neurological examination at age of 9 months in newborns with bacterial neonatal meningitis. METHOD: Twenty seven infants were studied with positive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF culture for bacteria. We used the worse EEG result during acute phase of meningitis, and performed neurologic follow-up after discharge from hospital. Background cerebral activity was classified as normal or mildly, moderately, or markedly abnormal. Neurologic examination outcomes was classified normal, mild abnormalities, moderate abnormalities and severe abnormalities. RESULTS: EEG performed in the neonatal period during acute bacterial meningitis predicts adverse outcome early at age of 9 months, and had a significant correlation with cephalic perimeter and active tone alterations. CONCLUSION: Neonatal EEG is useful for predicting abnormal outcomes, especially cephalic perimeter and active tone abnormalities at 9 months of age in infants with bacterial neonatal meningitis.OBJETIVO: Medir la contribución del electroencefalograma (EEG neonatal y su correlación con el examen neurológico a la edad de 9 meses en recién nacidos con meningitis neonatal bacteriana. MÉTODO: Se estudió a 27 neonatos con cultivos positivos de líquido cefalorraquídeo a bacterias. Se uso el peor resultado del EEG obtenido durante el periodo agudo de la meningitis. El seguimiento neurológico se efectuó tras el egreso hospitalario. La actividad de fondo del EEG se clasificó en normal y anormal leve, moderada y severa. El examen neurológico se clasificó en normal, y anormal leve moderado y severo. RESULTADOS: El EEG realizado durante el periodo neonatal durante la fase aguda de la meningitis bacteriana predice bien un resultado adverso a la edad de 9 meses, con correlaciones significativas con el perímetro cefálico y con las alteraciones del tono activo. CONCLUSION: El EEG neonatal es

  9. Testing for meningitis in children with bronchiolitis.

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    Stefanski, Michael; Williams, Ronald; McSherry, George; Geskey, Joseph

    2014-01-01

    Viral bronchiolitis accounts for almost 20% of all-cause hospitalizations of infants (ie, children younger than age 1 year). The annual incidence of fever in viral bronchiolitis has been documented at 23% to 31%. However the incidence of concurrent serious bacterial infections is low (1%-7%), with meningitis occurring in less than 1% to 2% of cases, but lumbar puncture is performed in up to 9% of viral bronchiolitis cases. To our knowledge, no study has examined clinical factors that influence a physician’s decision to perform a lumbar puncture in the setting of viral bronchiolitis. We present a retrospective, case-control study of hospitalized infants younger than one year diagnosed with viral bronchiolitis who underwent lumbar puncture as part of an evaluation for meningitis. The objective of the study was to determine clinical factors that influence a physician’s decision to perform a lumbar puncture in the setting of viral bronchiolitis. Although the presence of apnea, cyanosis, meningeal signs, positive urine culture results, and young age were factors found to be preliminarily associated with the performance of a lumbar puncture in the setting of bronchiolitis, young age was the only significant clinical factor found after multivariable regression; no other demographic, clinical, laboratory, or radiologic variables were found to be significant.

  10. Listeria monocytogenes meningitis in an immunocompetent 18-year old patient as a possible diagnostic and therapeutical problem

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    Vrbić Miodrag

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Listeria monocytogenes is the third most frequent cause of bacterial meningitis in adults. It commonly affects persons with defective cell-mediated immunity or advanced age, and only a few patients with no underlying predisposition have been reported. Case report. We presented an previously healthy, 18-year-old man with typical clinical features of meningitis. On the account of earlier treatment with ceftriaxone and cerebrospinal fluid finding, an assumption of partially treated bacterial meningitis was made. The initial treatment with vancomycin and ceftriaxone, substituted on day 4 with meropenem, did not produce any clinical effect. On day 6 Listeria monocytogenes was isolated and, even as late as that, the administration of ampicillin was followed by complete recovery of the patient. Conclusion. In younger, immunocompetent individuals, in spite of the existent diagnostic and therapeutic problems, the subacute course of Listeria monocytogenes meningitis provides enough time for appropriate treatment and favorable disease outcome.

  11. Clinical Analysis of 8 Patients with Meningeal Carcinomatosis%脑膜癌病8例临床分析

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    丛树艳; 翟志永; 毕国荣; 黄达; 宋利春

    2012-01-01

    [Objective] To explore the characteristics of clinical manifestation, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and cerebrospinal fluid(CSF) findings of meningeal carcinomatosis in order to improve the diagnosis of the disease. [Methods] Clinical data of 8 patients diagnosed as meningeal carcinomatosis were analyzed retrospectively. [Results]The main clinical manifestations of 8 patients were headache, vomiting, dizziness, vision loss, mental symptoms, seizures, paralysis of limbs and so on. Among them, there were 5 cases of primary lung cancer, 2 cases of breast cancer and a case of unknown primary lesion. In all 8 patients, the pressure and protein content in CSF increased and white blood cell counts were normal or slightly elevated. Sugar and chloride content decreased in some cases. Tumor cells were found in CSF of two cases. Knhanced cranial MRI scan showed meningeal enhancement, leptomeningeal diffuse line-like enhancement in 3 cases, lep-tomeningeal diffuse line-like with nodular-like enhancement in 3 cases and dura line-like enhancement with nod-ular-like enhancement in 2 cases. [Conclusion] The clinical manifestation of meningeal carcinomatosis has no specificity. CSF cytological examination is an important method for the diagnosis of meningeal carcinomatosis, but the positive rate is low. Actively looking for the primary tumor and enhanced head MRI scan have important roles in the diagnosis of the disease.%[目的]探讨脑膜癌病的临床、MRI和脑脊液特点,以提高对本病的诊断水平.[方法]对8例确诊为脑膜癌病患者的临床资料进行回顾性分析.[结果]本组8例,临床主要表现为头痛、呕吐,眩晕、视力下降、精神症状,癫痫发作,肢体瘫痪等.其中原发病灶肺癌5例,乳腺癌2例及原发病灶不明1例.8例患者脑脊液压力及蛋白含量均增高,白细胞数正常或轻度增高,部分病例糖及氯化物降低,4例脑脊液查到瘤细胞.头颅MRI增强扫描均表现为脑膜强

  12. Syphilitic aseptic meningitis

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    Meningitis - syphilitic; Neurosyphilis - syphilitic meningitis ... Syphilitic meningitis is a form of neurosyphilis . This condition is a life-threatening complication of syphilis infection. Syphilis is ...

  13. HIB-INFECTION: MENINGITIS, CELLULITIS IN THE CHILD OF 6 MONTHS

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    G. A. Harchenko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A clinical case of Hib-infection is the clinic purulent meningitis and pannikulita young child. Shows the complexity of the differential diagnosis of meningitis in combination with panniculitis with meningococcal disease (meningitis, meningokokktsemiya.

  14. Bakteriel meningitis i Danmark 2002 og 2003. Landsdaekkende registrering baseret på laboratoriedata

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    Meyer, Christian N; Schønheyder, Henrik Carl; Bangsborg, Jette Marie;

    2007-01-01

    Notification of bacterial meningitis (BM) is likely to be incomplete, and a recent Danish study indicated that unbalanced notification may bias expected aetiology of BM. Therefore the Danish Bacterial Meningitis Group initiated a national registration of culture-positive BM....

  15. 脑膜癌病9例分析%Clinical analysis of meningeal carcinomatosis

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    徐晓伟

    2004-01-01

    脑膜癌病(meningeal careinomatosis,MC)是癌细胞弥漫性侵犯软脑膜和脊膜,而颅内并无占位性病灶的一类具有多种临床表现的疾病。我科自1994年至今共收治9例,分别经MRL脑脊液细胞学证实,现结合病人临床表现,实验室及其影像学检查进行分析。

  16. The Strategy of Prevention and Treatment for Bacterial Meningitis after Craniotomy%开颅术后细菌性脑膜炎的防治策略

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    杜家钱; 朱忠民; 梁支兵; 戴立国

    2014-01-01

    目的探讨开颅手术后并发细菌性脑膜炎的危险因素和治疗措施。方法回顾性分析2008年10月~2013年10月开颅手术后发生细菌性脑膜炎患者的临床资料。结果术后细菌性脑膜炎的发生率为3.6%,年龄大于50岁、手术时间大于4H、幕下部位手术、术后引流管留置超过3d、合并脑脊液漏以及开放性颅脑损伤患者均较平均感染率明显升高(P50 year old), longer duration of operation group, and patients who underwent infratentorial craniotomy, prolonged drainage, cerebrospinofluid leakage and open craniocerebral injury ( <0.05). Conclusion The risk factors of bacterial meningitis after craniotomy include age, duration of operation and postoperative drainage, operative site, CSF leakage and open brain injury. Avoiding CSF leakage and using antibiotics based on bacterial-sensitive test as early as possible can improve curative effect.

  17. [Cryptococcal meningitis].

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    van Spil, W E Erwin; Nooijen, Suzan; de Jong, Peter Y P; Aliredjo, Riena P; de Sévaux, Ruud G L; Verhave, Jacobien C

    2015-01-01

    Immunocompromised patients are at increased risk of disseminated cryptococcal infection, often presenting as a primary respiratory infection with yeast cells originating from bird excreta. Because Cryptococcus neoformans has a tropism for cerebrospinal fluid, most patients suffer from meningitis or meningoencephalitis. Symptoms of cryptococcal meningitis are non-specific: headache, fever, nausea, or altered mental state and behaviour. Case descriptions of a renal transplant recipient and an HIV patient illustrate the non-specific presentation of cryptococcal meningitis. Lumbar puncture seemed to be critical in establishing the diagnosis. Cerebrospinal fluid, blood and other tissues were tested for C. neoformans by microscopy, culture and antigen tests. The patients were successfully treated with amphotericin B or liposomal amphotericin B intravenously and flucytosine intravenously or orally, followed by long-term fluconazole. The mortality rate for cryptococcal meningitis is 41% among renal transplant recipients and 20% in HIV patients.

  18. [Cryptococcal meningitis

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    Spil, W.E. van; Nooijen, S.; Jong, P.Y. de; Aliredjo, R.P.; Sevaux, R.G.L. de; Verhave, J.C.

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    Immunocompromised patients are at increased risk of disseminated cryptococcal infection, often presenting as a primary respiratory infection with yeast cells originating from bird excreta. Because Cryptococcus neoformans has a tropism for cerebrospinal fluid, most patients suffer from meningitis or

  19. Escherichia coli Meningitis after Rotavirus Gastroenteritis in an Infant

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    Vermezoglu, Oznur; Ocal Topcu, Didem; Karbuz, Adem; Hacihamdioglu, Bulent

    2016-01-01

    Although rotavirus gastroenteritis is quite common in the pediatric population, secondary bacterial sepsis following rotavirus infection is a rare clinical entity. Gram-negative bacilli are the fifth most common cause of meningitis in infants but this infection rarely occurs after gastroenteritis. Here, we report a 2.5-month-old infant who developed Escherichia coli (E. coli) meningitis after acute rotavirus gastroenteritis. The 2.5-month-old male infant with fever, vomiting, and watery diarrhea that started 1 day earlier was admitted to the hospital. Rotavirus antigen in stool sample was positive. He was hospitalized, and fever was measured at 39.5°C on the second day. Lumbar puncture was done for suspicion of meningitis, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) findings suggested meningitis. Intravenous vancomycin and cefotaxime were started empirically. Since E. coli reproduction was seen in blood culture and CSF culture, treatment was continued with cefotaxime. The patient was discharged with minimal midlevel hydrocephalus findings in cranial ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging following 21 days of antibiotics treatment. Septicemia development following rotavirus gastroenteritis is an extremely rare clinical condition. It is vital to start prompt antibiotic treatment as soon as the diagnosis of secondary bacterial infection is made because of high mortality and morbidity rates.

  20. Características clínico-microbiológicas de la meningitis por Streptococcus pneumoniae resistente a la penicilina Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis resistant to penicillin clinical and microbiological characteristics

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    Demóstenes Gómez-Barreto

    1999-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Evaluar la susceptibilidad antimicrobiana de Streptococcus pneumoniae aislado del líquido cefalorraquídeo de niños con meningitis, así como describir y comparar las características clínicas y microbiológicas, el tratamiento y la evolución del padecimiento entre niños infectados con cepas sensibles y resistentes a la penicilina y la cefalosporina. MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: Treinta y ocho niños con meningitis neumocócica fueron incluidos prospectivamente en el Programa Institucional de Vigilancia de las Infecciones Neumocócicas, durante el lapso 1994-1998. Los datos clínicos y de laboratorio se colectaron de cada expediente. RESULTADOS: Del total de niños, 63% era menor de dos años de edad, 28.9% mostró cepas insensibles a la penicilina, 18.4% tenía resistencia intermedia, y 10.5% tenía resistencia elevada. El 2.6% mostró también resistencia a la cefotaxima. La única característica (por la prueba exacta de Fisher asociada con la resistencia fue: enfermedad de base previa al proceso (pOBJECTIVE: To evaluate the susceptibility to antibiotics of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolated from cerebrospinal fluid of children with meningitis. To describe and compare the clinical and microbiological characteristics, treatment and outcome among children infected with strains either susceptible or resistant to penicillin and cephalosporin. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 38 children with pneumococcal meningitis were prospectively enrolled in the Institutional Surveillance Program for Pneumococcal Infections during 1994-1998. Clinical and laboratory data were collected by chart review. RESULTS: Of the 38 children, 24 (63% were less than 2 years of age, 11 (28.9% had drug-resistant S. pneumoniae, 18.4% had intermediate resistance, 10.5% high level resistance and 2.6% also showed high level resistance to cefotaxime. The only associated factors (by Fisher’s exact test associated to resistance were: previous use of antibiotics (p=0

  1. Meningitis - H. influenzae

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    H. influenzae meningitis; H. flu meningitis; Haemophilus influenzae type b meningitis ... H. influenzae meningitis is caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteria. This illness is not the same as the flu ( influenza ), ...

  2. 结核性脑膜炎患儿脑脊髓液中腺苷脱氨酶活性测定的临床意义%Clinical Significance of Cerebrospinal Fluid Adenosine Deaminase of Children with Tuberculous Meningitis

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    程金玲

    2012-01-01

      目的:评价结核性脑膜炎患儿脑脊髓液中腺苷脱氨酶(CSF-ADA)活性对临床诊断意义及疗效判断价值.方法:选择122例住院患儿为研究对象,56例结核性脑膜炎患者为A组;66例非结核性脑膜炎患者为对照组,其中细菌性脑膜炎32例为B组,病毒性脑膜炎34例为C组,采用酶耦联Trinder法测定患儿治疗前CSF-ADA活性,56例结核性脑膜炎患儿于抗结核治疗后2周和6周时分别检测CSF-ADA.结果:A组CSF-ADA活性为(11.8±4.4)U/L,B组为(6.1±2.8)U/L,C组为(4.9±3.1)U/L,与A组比较差异有统计学意义(F=45.150, P=0.000).取CSF-ADA≥8 U/L作为临界值时鉴别结核性脑膜炎与非结核性脑膜炎价值最高,灵敏度为87.72%,特异度为90.77%.随着患儿病情好转,CSF-ADA活性逐渐降低.结论:CSF-ADA活性≥8U/L可作为诊断结核性脑膜炎的一项辅助诊断指标,抗结核治疗后CSF-ADA活性可作为疗效判断的参考指标.%  Objective: Evaluation of tuberculous meningitis with cerebrospinal fluid of adenosine deaminase(CSF-ADA)activity to clinical diagnosis significance and effect of value judgment. Method: To choose 122 cases hospitalized children as the research object,56 cases of tuberculous meningitis was the case group(group A). 66 cases of meningitis of n/med tuberculosis sex as control group,including bacterial meningitis 32 cases(group B),and viral meningitis 34 cases(C group),using enzyme coupling Trinder spectrometry to analyze CSF-ADA activity before treatment. 56 cases of tuberculous meningitis in antitubercular treatment children after 2 weeks and six weeks respectively detection CSF-ADA. Result:The CSF-ADA activity of group A was(11.8±4.4)U/L,compared with group B(6.1±2.8)U/L,group C(4.9±3.1)U/L,there was a significant difference meaning(F=45.150,P=0.000). Taking the CSF-ADA ≥ 8 U/L as critical value in identification of tuberculous meningitis had the highest value,and sensitivity was 87.72% and specificity was 90

  3. Clinical characteristics of tuberculous meningitis and correlated treatment%结核性脑膜炎的临床特点观察与治疗分析

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    宋贵军; 尹琳; 曹云鹏; 刘文静

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To summarize and analyze the clinical manifestations of tuberculous meningitis and related treatments.METHODS The clinical data of 87 patients with tuberculous meningitis were summarized, and the incidence, clinical manifestation, and clinical treatment were analyzed.RESULTS Totally 87 patients with tuberculous meningitis mainly occurred in childhood, youth, and senile patients, among which 57 cases were cured, 2 cases died, the effective rate was 87.36%.CONCLUSION The clinical manifestations of tuberculous meningitis are complex, early diagnosis and standardized treatment can effectively reduce brain edema and complications thus to improve the cure rate of tuberculous meningitis.%目的 对结核性脑膜炎的临床表现和相关治疗进行总结分析.方法 总结87例结核性脑膜炎患者的临床资料,对其发病情况、临床表现、临床治疗进行分析.结果 87例结核性脑膜炎患者主要分布于幼年、青年和老年,其中痊愈57例,死亡2例,有效率为87.36%.结论 结核性脑膜炎的临床表现错综复杂,早期诊断、规范治疗能有效减轻脑水肿,减少并发症,提高结核性脑膜炎治愈率.

  4. Epidemiology of bacterial meningitis among children in Brazil, 1997-1998 Epidemiologia de meningites bacterianas entre crianças no Brasil, 1997 a 1998

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    Débora PL Weiss

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To document the incidence and the descriptive epidemiology of bacterial meningitis among individuals under age 20 in a geographically defined region in Brazil during the two-year period immediately preceding the introduction of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib vaccines into the national immunization program of Brazil. METHODS: Population-based epidemiological study of all cases of bacterial meningitis reported among residents of Campinas, Brazil, under age 20 (n=316,570 during the period of 1997-98, using comprehensive surveillance records compiled by the Campinas Health Department from cases reported among hospital inpatients, outpatients, emergency room visits, death certificates, and autopsy reports. RESULTS: The incidence of bacterial meningitis (n=274 was 334.9, 115 and 43.5 cases/10(5 person-years (pys for residents of Campinas under age 1, 5 and 20, respectively. All cases were hospitalized, with an average length of stay of 12 days. Documented prior antibiotic use was 4.0%. The case-fatality rate of bacterial meningitis in individuals under age 20 was 9% (24/274 with 75% of deaths occurring in children under the age of five. The incidence of Hib meningitis (n=26 was 62.8 and 17 cases/10(5 pys in children age OBJETIVO: Documentar a incidência e a epidemiologia descritiva de meningites bacterianas entre pessoas com idade inferior a 20 anos em uma região geográfica definida do Brasil. O período foi de dois anos, imediatamente anterior à introdução da vacina contra Haemophilus influenzae tipo b (Hib, no Programa Nacional de Imunização do Brasil. MÉTODOS: Estudo epidemiológico populacional dos casos de meningites bacterianas notificados entre residentes em Campinas, SP, Brasil, com idade inferior a 20 anos (n=316.570, entre 1997 e 1998. Baseia-se em dados de notificação da vigilância epidemiológica da Secretaria Municipal de Saúde de Campinas, relatados entre casos provenientes de pacientes hospitalizados

  5. Antibiotikavalg ved purulent meningitis uden bakteriologisk diagnose

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    Krarup, H B

    1989-01-01

    A case of meningitis in a 16 month old boy caused by Hemophilus influenzae resistant to ampicillin is presented. The question is raised whether a third generation cephalosporin such as cefotaxime should be the drug of choice in the treatment of bacterial meningitis with unknown etiology...

  6. Chronic meningitis in Thailand. Clinical characteristics, laboratory data and outcome in patients with specific reference to tuberculosis and cryptococcosis.

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    Helbok, R; Pongpakdee, S; Yenjun, S; Dent, W; Beer, R; Lackner, P; Bunyaratvej, P; Prasert, B; Vejjajiva, A; Schmutzhard, E

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    The charts of 114 consecutive patients with chronic meningitis admitted to a general hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, between 1993 and 1999 were retrospectively reviewed. The most common causative agents were Cryptococcus neoformans (54%) and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (37%). HIV and other underlying diseases had a major impact on the presentation of chronic cryptococcal meningitis patients. Compared to HIV-negative cryptococcal meningitis patients (21%), HIV-positives (79%) had a significantly lower incidence of focal signs (p = 0.02), hydrocephalus (p = 0.03) and seizures (p = 0.001) during hospital stay, furthermore, a lower leucocyte level, a significantly higher glucose level (p = 0.02) and a lower protein level (p = 0.03) in the first cerebrospinal fluid examination. Of the 43 patients with chronic tuberculous meningitis, only 3 were HIV positive. Focal neurologic deficits were found more frequently in tuberculous meningitis patients (p = 0.001) when compared to cryptococcal meningitis patients without HIV. Cerebral infarction on cerebral CT was indicative of tuberculous meningitis. Cryptococcal meningitis patients with HIV infection had a worse outcome compared to non-AIDS patients. Advanced stage of the disease on admission, decreased level of consciousness prior to and on the admission day and raised intracranial pressure above 40 cm H(2)O at any given time were predictive of a poor outcome in tuberculous meningitis patients.

  7. Aseptic meningitis and viral myelitis.

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    Irani, David N

    2008-08-01

    Meningitis and myelitis represent common and very infrequent viral infections of the central nervous system, respectively. The number of cases of viral meningitis that occurs annually exceeds the total number of meningitis cases caused by all other etiologies combined. Focal central nervous system infections, such as occur in the spinal cord with viral myelitis, are much less common and may be confused with noninfectious disorders that cause acute flaccid paralysis. This article reviews some of the important clinical features, epidemiology, diagnostic approaches, and management strategies for patients with aseptic meningitis and viral myelitis. Particular focus is placed on the diseases caused by enteroviruses, which as a group account for most aseptic meningitis cases and many focal infections of the spinal cord.

  8. Clinical Analysis of 62 Cases with Tuberculous Meningitis%62例结核性脑膜炎临床分析

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    李成会

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical characteristics of tuberculous meningitis, and provide the clinical basis for the diagnosis and therapy of tuberculous meningitis, for avoiding misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis. Methods From November 2010 to February 2014, 62 cases with meningitis were selected in Liaoyang City tuberculosis hospital, a retrospective analysis of clinical data of patients were carried out. Results The main clinical manifestations of tuberculous meningitis were fever, headache and meningeal irritation sign. The cerebrospinal fluid examination of the patients suggested that white blood cells and albumin increased, glucose and chloride were low, and intracranial pressure were increased. Most of the patients had extracranial tuberculosis. The patients who got early diagnosis had better prognosis. Conclusion Early diagnosis and early treatment for tuberculous meningitis patiets are very important, which can reduce the fatality rate and mutilation rate. Clinicians should improve the understanding of the clinical characteristics of tuberculous meningitis.%目的:探讨结核性脑膜炎的临床特点,为诊断和治疗结核性脑膜炎提供临床依据,避免漏诊误诊。方法选取2010年11月~2014年2月于本院进行治疗的62例结核性脑膜炎患者,回顾性分析患者的临床资料。结果结核性脑膜炎的临床表现主要为发热、头痛、脑膜刺激征等;脑脊液检查提示白细胞和白蛋白升高,葡萄糖和氯化物低,及颅内压增高为主要特征;大部分患者合并颅外结核;早期诊断患者预后良好。结论早期诊断、早期治疗对于结核性脑膜炎患者的预后十分重要,可降低病死率和致残率,临床医师应提高对结核性脑膜炎临床特点的认识。

  9. Clinico-radiological features of subarachnoid hyperintensity on diffusion-weighted images in patients with meningitis

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    Kawaguchi, T., E-mail: madarafuebuki@yahoo.co.jp [Department of Radiology, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya (Japan); Sakurai, K.; Hara, M. [Department of Radiology, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya (Japan); Muto, M. [Department of Radiology, Okazaki City Hospital, Okazaki, Aichi (Japan); Nakagawa, M. [Department of Radiology, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya (Japan); Tohyama, J. [Department of Radiology, Toyota-kai Medical Corporation Kariya Toyota General Hospital, Kariya, Aichi (Japan); Oguri, T. [Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya (Japan); Mitake, S. [Department of Neurology, Tosei General Hospital, Seto-shi, Aichi (Japan); Maeda, M. [Department of Radiology, Mie University School of Medicine, Tsu, Mie (Japan); Matsukawa, N.; Ojika, K. [Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya (Japan); Shibamoto, Y. [Department of Radiology, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya (Japan)

    2012-04-15

    Aim: To investigate the clinical and radiological features of meningitis with subarachnoid diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) hyperintensity. Materials and methods: The clinical features, laboratory data, and radiological findings, including the number and distribution of subarachnoid DWI hyperintense lesions and other radiological abnormalities, of 18 patients seen at five institutions were evaluated. Results: The patients consisted of eight males and 10 females, whose ages ranged from 4 months to 82 years (median 65 years). Causative organisms were bacteria in 15 patients, including Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus agalactiae, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Listeria monocytogenes. The remaining three were fungal meningitis caused by Cryptococcus neoformans. Subarachnoid DWI hyperintense lesions were multiple in 16 of the 18 cases (89%) and predominantly distributed around the frontal lobe in 16 of the 18 cases (89%). In addition to subarachnoid abnormality, subdural empyema, cerebral infarction, and intraventricular empyema were found in 50, 39, and 39%, respectively. Compared with paediatric patients, adult patients with bacterial meningitis tended to have poor prognoses (7/10 versus 1/5; p = 0.1). Conclusion: Both bacterial and fungal meningitis could cause subarachnoid hyperintensity on DWI, predominantly around the frontal lobe. This finding is often associated with poor prognosis in adult bacterial meningitis.

  10. Características clínicas e laboratoriais de meningites piogênicas em adultos Clinical and laboratorial characteristics of pyogenic meningitis in adults

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    Irênio Gomes

    1997-09-01

    Full Text Available Foram analisados dados do prontuário de 176 pacientes com idade igual ou superior a 15 anos, internados no Hospital Couto Maia, no período de janeiro de 1990 a dezembro de 1992, em Salvador-BA, com o diagnóstico de meningite piogênica. Observamos, em ordem decrescente, maior percentagem de pacientes com N. meningitidis (56,7%, S. pneumoniae (37,5% e E.coli. (3,3%. A letalidade foi maior no grupo com meningite pneumocócica. No grupo de indivíduos com meningite por pneumococo verificamos que a média etária e de leucócitos no sangue periférico foram superiores quando comparadas com o grupo de portadores de meningite meningocócica. Por outro lado, neste último grupo a média de glicorraquia foi maior. A presença de lesões cutâneas hemorrágicas mostrou-se preditora da etiologia meningocócica.We reviewed the charts of 176 adult patients, admitted with a diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis, in the Hospital Couto Maia, from January 1990 to December 1992. All the patients had community-acquired meningitis. In 120 patients we could identify the causative agent on Gram's staining and culture. The most common pathogens were N. meningitidis (56.7% S. pneumoniae (37.5% and E. coli (3.3%. The overall lethality rate was 19.8% and the lethality was greater in the group with streptococcus meningitis (31.8%. The mean age and the leukocyte in the peripheral blood were greater in the group with S. pneumoniae meningitis than in the meningococal group. Cutaneous hemorrhagic lesions was an excellent predictor meningococcal meningitis.

  11. Clinical analysis of 28 cases with tuberculous meningitis%28例结核性脑膜炎临床分析

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    杨燕; 张侠

    2012-01-01

    目的 总结结核性脑膜脑炎的临床特点.方法 分析我院明确诊断的28例结核性脑膜炎患者的临床资料.结果 22例病情好转出院,2例转神经外科,3例自动出院,1例死亡.结论 早就诊、早诊断、早治疗是决定结核性脑膜炎预后的关键因素.%Objective To investigate the clinical features of tuberculous meningitis in order to improve the diagnostic and therapy level for tuberculous meningitis. Methods 28 cases with tuberculous meningitis in our hospital were analyzed, including the clinical manifestation, laboratory examination, treatment and prognosis. Results In the 28 cases, 22 cases improved, 2 cases transferred to neurosur-gery, 3 cases discharged from hospital themselves, and 1 case was dead. Conclusion Early diagnosis and treatment are the important fac-tors to cure TB meningitis

  12. Clinical analysis of 324 cases of tuberculous meningitis%结核性脑膜炎324例临床分析

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    周晓慧

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨结核性脑膜炎临床特点早期诊断,误诊等问题.方法 对我院收治的结核性脑膜炎324例,就临床特点化疗效果早期诊断,鞘内注药,误诊原因等进行分析.结果 发病早期患者占26.5%,中期占53.7%.平均33天.临床表现主要为发热、头疼,恶心,呕吐.本组病例均给于合理抗结核药治疗,其中有86例鞘内注药治疗,收到较好疗效.结论 早期诊断是治疗的关键,合理标准化用药可提高疗效.重危患者可鞘内注药,疗效甚高.%Objective To investigate the clinical features of early diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis and the causes of misdiagno-sis. Methods 324 patients with tuberculous meningitis from 2006 to 2010 were selected in this study, and their clinical features and mis-diagnosis causes were retrospectively analyzed. Results The early incidence of patients with tuberculous meningitis accounted for 26. 5% , and the interim incidence was 53.1% . The average time was 33 days. The main clinical manifestations included fever, headache, and nausea and vomiting. All patients were given reasonable anti tuberculosis drug therapy, and 86 patients of them were given in-trathecal injection and received a better curative effect. Conclusion Early diagnosis is the key to the treatment of patients with tuberculous meningitis, and reasonable standard chemotherapy can improve its curative effect. Intrathecal injection has a favorable curative effect in the treatment of patients with severe tuberculous meningitis.

  13. Incidence and clinical features of herpes simplex viruses (1 and 2) and varicella-zoster virus infections in an adult Korean population with aseptic meningitis or encephalitis.

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    Choi, Rihwa; Kim, Gyeong-Moon; Jo, Ik Joon; Sim, Min Seob; Song, Keun Jeong; Kim, Byoung Joon; Na, Duk L; Huh, Hee Jae; Kim, Jong-Won; Ki, Chang-Seok; Lee, Nam Yong

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    Since there are limited data on the incidence and clinical findings of central nervous system (CNS) infection by three α-herpesviruses including human herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), HSV-2 and varicella-zoster virus (VZV) in Korea, a retrospective analysis of clinical data and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results was performed in patients who presented with suspicion of acute viral meningitis and/or encephalitis at the emergency department of a tertiary referral hospital in Seoul, Korea. During the 3-year study period, a total of 224 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from 224 patients were examined. Among the 224 patients, 135 (60.3%) patients were identified as having aseptic meningitis (n = 70, 51.9%), encephalitis (n = 41, 30.4%) or meningoencephalitis (n = 24, 17.8%) at discharge. Twenty-four (17.8%) patients were identified as having VZV meningitis (n = 16, 11.9%), VZV meningoencephalitis (n = 2, 1.5%), HSV-2 meningitis (n = 4, 3.0%), or HSV-1 encephalitis (n = 2, 1.5%). Of the 24 patients infected with the three herpesviruses, immunocompromised patients accounted for 33.3% (n = 8). Skin rashes were observed in half (n = 9) of the patients with VZV, and none with HSV-1 or HSV-2. One patient with VZV meningitis and four patients with brain parenchymal involvement had neurologic sequelae. In conclusion, three herpesviruses are important causative agents of CNS infectious disease with significant morbidity in adults, regardless of the immunologic status. Therefore, CSF should be examined for HSV-1, HSV-2, and VZV using sensitive diagnostic methods in all cases of adult patients with clinical manifestations of CNS disease in order to identify the correct etiology and to determine appropriate therapy.

  14. Bacterial Meningitis after Cochlear Implantation among Children without Polyvalent Conjugate Vaccine: A Brief Report of an Iranian Cohort Study on 371 Cases

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    Shahla Afsharpaiman

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    Full Text Available Background: Regarding risk of bacterial meningitis (BM after Cochlear implantation (CI, it was suggested to receive polyvalent conjugate vaccine. We aimed to estimate the prevalence of BM post CI in child recipients who do not receive polyvalent vaccine. Methods: We enrolled 371 children who had received cochlear implants from 2007 to 2010. None of them received pre or post implantation polyvalent conjugate vaccine for BM. We followed all of them for BM for 2 years after implantation. Results: We detected only one female case of BM (0.3% of patients with the age of 24 months. The mean age of noninfected children was 36.7 ± 23.2 months. The education level of parents was "college level or higher" in less than half of them, and about 65% of patients were products of consanguineous marriage. Conclusions: Our findings indicated that the incidence of BM was not higher in our cochlear implanted children who did not receive immunization than patients from countries in which routine vaccination is done. We suggest that although proper immunization is recommended before surgery, this procedure could be performed without vaccination, especially in developing countries that face financial problems for preparing vaccines.

  15. Drug-resistant tuberculous meningitis.

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    Garg, Ravindra K; Jain, Amita; Malhotra, Hardeep S; Agrawal, Avinash; Garg, Rajiv

    2013-06-01

    Drug-resistant tuberculosis, including drug-resistant tuberculous meningitis, is an emerging health problem in many countries. An association with Beijing strains and drug resistance-related mutations, such as mutations in katG and rpoB genes, has been found. The pathology, clinical features and neuroimaging characteristics of drug-resistant tuberculous meningitis are similar to drug-responsive tuberculous meningitis. Detection of mycobacteria in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) by conventional methods (smear examination or culture) is often difficult. Nucleic acid amplification assays are better methods owing to their rapidity and high sensitivity. The Xpert MTB/RIF assay (Cepheid, CA, USA) is a fully-automated test that has also been found to be effective for CSF samples. Treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculous meningitis depends on the drug susceptibility pattern of the isolate and/or the previous treatment history of the patient. Second-line drugs with good penetration of the CSF should be preferred. Isoniazid monoresistant disease requires addition of another drug with better CSF penetration. Drug-resistant tuberculous meningitis is associated with a high mortality. HIV infected patients with drug-resistant tuberculous meningitis have severe clinical manifestations with exceptionally high mortality. Prevention of tuberculosis is the key to reduce drug-resistant tuberculous meningitis.

  16. The clinical impact of bacterial biofilms

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    Høiby, Niels; Ciofu, Oana; Johansen, Helle Krogh

    2011-01-01

    . Bacterial biofilms are resistant to antibiotics, disinfectant chemicals and to phagocytosis and other components of the innate and adaptive inflammatory defense system of the body. It is known, for example, that persistence of staphylococcal infections related to foreign bodies is due to biofilm formation...... and increased doubling times. These more or less dormant cells are therefore responsible for some of the tolerance to antibiotics. Biofilm growth is associated with an increased level of mutations. Bacteria in biofilms communicate by means of molecules, which activates certain genes responsible for production...

  17. Epidemiological trends and clinical comparisons of Mycobacterium tuberculosis lineages in Thai TB meningitis.

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    Faksri, Kiatichai; Drobniewski, Francis; Nikolayevskyy, Vladyslav; Brown, Timothy; Prammananan, Therdsak; Palittapongarnpim, Prasit; Prayoonwiwat, Naraporn; Chaiprasert, Angkana

    2011-11-01

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) strains were isolated from cerebrospinal fluids collected from individual tuberculous meningitis (TBM) patients from 1996 to 2007 (n = 184) and characterised based on IS6110-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP), spoligotyping, Mycobacterium interspersed repetitive unit-variable number of tandem repeat (MIRU-VNTR) and large sequence polymorphisms (LSPs). Beijing strains were found to possess the highest transmissibility and proportion in clustered isolates. Beijing strain predomination and stability, at 56% of the genotypic proportion, as well as association with drug resistance in TBM patients, was demonstrated. The proportion of Beijing sublineages revealed that the modern Beijing sublineage showed an increasing trend, whereas the ancestral Beijing sublineage showed a decreasing trend across the three periods. In contrast, there were neither clustered nor multidrug-resistance (MDR) isolates from the Euro-American (EuA) lineage, and the lineage genotypic proportion trend was also decreased. Based on LSPs, only the Beijing, Indo-Oceanic and Euro-American lineages were identified from TBM patients in Thailand. TBM mortality rates were not associated with either drug resistance or significantly different among MTB lineages. This study may support the Beijing genotype strain as most pathogenic causing TBM, with the EuA lineage genotype as the most benign of the strain genotypes tested. The analysis of drug susceptibility also revealed the trend of increasing drug resistance, especially MDR, in TBM patients in Thailand.

  18. Clinical importance of the middle meningeal artery: A review of the literature

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    Yu, Jinlu; Guo, Yunbao; Xu, Baofeng; Xu, Kan

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    The middle meningeal artery (MMA) is a very important artery in neurosurgery. Many diseases, including dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF), pseudoaneurysm, true aneurysm, traumatic arteriovenous fistula (AVF), moyamoya disease (MMD), recurrent chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH), migraine and meningioma, can involve the MMA. In these diseases, the lesions occur in either the MMA itself and treatment is necessary, or the MMA is used as the pathway to treat the lesions; therefore, the MMA is very important to the development and treatment of a variety of neurosurgical diseases. However, no systematic review describing the importance of MMA has been published. In this study, we used the PUBMED database to perform a review of the literature on the MMA to increase our understanding of its role in neurosurgery. After performing this review, we found that the MMA was commonly used to access DAVFs and meningiomas. Pseudoaneurysms and true aneurysms in the MMA can be effectively treated via endovascular or surgical removal. In MMD, the MMA plays a very important role in the development of collateral circulation and indirect revascularization. For recurrent CDSHs, after burr hole irrigation and drainage have failed, MMA embolization may be attempted. The MMA can also contribute to the occurrence and treatment of migraines. Because the ophthalmic artery can ectopically originate from the MMA, caution must be taken to avoid causing damage to the MMA during operations. PMID:27766029

  19. Clinical analysis of neonatal purulent meningitis caused by group B streptococcus%无乳链球菌致新生儿脑膜炎的临床特点分析

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    赵宁; 王萍; 魏谋; 卢伟能; 贺娟; 古锐; 江翠婵

    2015-01-01

    目的 分析新生儿无乳链球菌(Group B Streptococcus,GBS)脑膜炎的临床特点及治疗转归情况,为其早期诊断和科学治疗提供理论依据.方法 对2011年11月至2014年4月广州市妇女儿童医疗中心收治的19例新生儿GBS脑膜炎和22例大肠埃希菌脑膜炎患儿的临床资料、实验室检测结果和治疗转归情况进行回顾性分析.结果 GBS脑膜炎患儿占细菌培养阳性新生儿化脓性脑膜炎病例的24.7% (19/77),早发型6例,平均发病时间(11.80±11.34)h,主要表现为气促呻吟;晚发型13例,平均发病时间(17.85±7.77)d,多以发热为初发临床症状.GBS脑膜炎患儿外周血C反应蛋白浓度显著高于大肠埃希菌脑膜炎患儿[(154.43±88.64) mg/L vs.(67.52±64.23) mg/L,P=0.001].GBS脑膜炎患儿平均住院时间和脑脊液异常恢复时间分别为(44.53±20.48)d和(41.50±17.85)d,均较大肠埃希菌脑膜炎患儿延长了10d,差异均有统计学意义(P均<0.05).结论 GBS脑膜炎临床表现非特异,住院时间和脑脊液恢复耗时长,预后欠佳.产前预防、早期发现、及时足量足疗程的青霉素治疗对新生儿GBS脑膜炎患儿非常重要.%Objective To explore the clinical characteristics and outcome of group B streptococcus (GBS) induced neonatal meningitis and to provide the guide for early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.Methods A retrospective chart review was performed.A total of 19 cases of neonatal purulent meningitis caused by GBS and 22 cases of neonatal purulent meningitis caused by Escherichia coli were identified in the NICU of Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center from Nov 1,2011 to Apr 31,2014.The clinical features,treatments and clinical turnover were analysed.Results GBS meningitis accounted for 24.7% (19/77) of total bacterial positive cultures of blood or cerebral spinal fluid.The average time of progression to early-onset GBS meningitis of 6 early-onset cases mainly complaining of anhelation and groan

  20. Clinical analysis of 25 cases of meningeal carcinomatosis%脑膜癌病25例临床分析

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    汤武装; 张丽; 张晓雷; 胡秀秀

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨脑膜癌病的临床特点和诊断依据。方法对25例确诊为脑膜癌病患者的临床资料及脑脊液细胞学资料进行回顾性分析。结果25例脑膜癌病患者中,临床表现为头痛24例,恶心、呕吐21例,脑膜刺激征阳性20例,视乳头水肿12例,意识障碍6例,四肢无力6例,视力减退5例,癫痫发作5例,精神症状5例,听力障碍3例,头晕3例,发热2例,颈痛1例;20例患者头颅CT/MRI均未见脑膜异常,5例行头颅MRI增强扫描可见2例脑膜强化,1例脑皮质肿胀,1例脑积水,1例小脑蚓部左侧可疑结节;腰椎穿刺脑脊液压力升高12例,蛋白升高16例,糖、氯降低14例,23例患者行脑脊液细胞学检查均发现异型细胞,17例患者行脑脊液免疫组化染色均发现转移癌;17例患者经临床及病理学确定其原发肿瘤,来源于肺癌10例(其中1例肺癌合并前颊黏膜鳞癌)、胃癌3例、贲门癌2、乳腺癌1例、可疑卵巢癌1例,8例来源未明。结论脑膜癌病为恶性肿瘤颅内转移的特殊形式,临床表现复杂,缺乏特异性,早期以颅内压升高为主;头颅MRI增强扫描对脑膜癌病诊断有一定指导意义;脑脊液细胞学检查结合免疫组化染色是脑膜癌病确诊的主要依据。%Objective To investigate the clinical features and diagnostic evidence of meningeal carcinomatosis (MC). Methods The clinical data and cerebrospinal fluid(CSF) cytology data of 25 cases diagnosed as meningeal carcinomatosis were retrospectively reviewed. Results In 25 patients of MC, there were 11 men and 14 women and the mean age was (52±7.72) years old. 24 cases of patients with headache, 21 cases of patients with nausea and vomiting, meningeal irritation sign was positive in 20 cases, papilledema were found in 12 cases, disturbance of consciousness were found in 6 cases, four limbs weakness were found in 6 cases, vision loss were found in 5 cases, seizures were found in 5 cases, psychiatric symptoms

  1. Significance of Creatine Kinase Brain Isoenzyme Concentration in Cerebrospinal Fluid with bacterial meningitis%小儿神经系统感染中测定激酸磷酸激酶的意义

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    熊顺军; 王红玲; 张渝侯

    2001-01-01

    测定了怀疑为中枢神经系统感染的85例患儿脑脊液中CK-BB浓度。其中,经确诊无中枢神经系统感染患儿17例,病毒性脑膜脑炎患儿36例,细菌性脑膜炎患儿32例。以上病例均常规作脑脊液检查,同时留取3毫升脑脊液作CK-BB浓度测定。结果显示,脑脊液中CK-BB可作为鉴别细菌性脑膜炎和病毒性脑膜脑炎的一项可靠指标。%Activity of CK-BB in cerebrospinal was determined in 85 children as soon as CNS infection was suspected. 17 cases was normal 36 cases with viral meningitis was diagnosed 32 cases was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Routine analysis of CSF was performed. When 3ml CSF was available for analysis of CK-BB activity. The data suggest the possibility of utilizing CSF CK-BB activity to differentiate between bacterial and viral meningitis in situations where a routine CSF examination is inconclusive.

  2. Neonatal Meningitis: Risk Factors, Causes, and Neurologic Complications

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    Full Text Available How to Cite This Article: Khalessi N, Afsharkhas L. Neonatal Meningitis: Risk Factors, Causes and Neurologic Complications.Iran J Child Neurol. 2014 Autumn;8(4: 46-50.AbstractObjectiveNeonates are at greater risk for sepsis and meningitis than other ages and in spite of rapid diagnoses of pathogens and treatments, they still contribute to complications and mortality. This study determines risk factors, causes, andneurologic complications of neonatal meningitis in  ospitalized neonates.Material & MethodsIn this descriptive, cross sectional study, we evaluated 415 neonates with sepsis and meningitis admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at our center between 2008 and 2012. The data that was recorded was age, sex, birth weight, prenatalrisk factors, clinical features, blood and cerebrospinal fluid analysis, and brain sonographic findings and outcomes.Results Twenty patients had meningitis. Eleven cases (55% were male. The mean age was 8. 41 days and mean birth weight was 2891.5±766 grams. Poor feeding, seizures, and tachypnea were detected in 12 (60%, 11 (55%, and 6 (30%patients, respectively. Prenatal risk factors were prolonged rupture of membranes, maternal vaginitis, asymptomatic bacteriuria, prematurity, low birth weights, and asphyxia. Four patients had positive cerebrospinal fluid cultures with klebsiella pneumoniae 2 (50%, Enterococcus spp. 1 (25%, and Group B streptococcus 1 (25% cases, respectively. Two cases had positive blood cultures with klebsiella pneumoniae. Neurologic complications were brain edema, subdural effusion,and brain abscesses with hydrocephaly. One neonate (5% died.ConclusionOur study provides some information about risk factors, pathogens, and neurologic complications for neonatal meningitis. Prenatal assessments help to diagnose and reduce risk factors of this hazardous disease. ReferencesVolpe JJ. Bacterial and fungal intracranial infections. In:Neurology of the Newborn. 5th. Edition

  3. Comparative outcomes of the two types of sacral extradural spinal meningeal cysts using different operation methods: a prospective clinical study.

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    Sun, Jian-Jun; Wang, Zhen-Yu; Teo, Mario; Li, Zhen-Dong; Wu, Hai-Bo; Yen, Ru-Yu; Zheng, Mei; Chang, Qing; Yisha Liu, Isabelle

    2013-01-01

    This prospective study compares different clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with two types of sacral extradural spinal meningeal cysts (SESMC) undergoing different means of surgical excision. Using the relationship between the cysts and spinal nerve roots fibers (SNRF) as seen under microscope, SESMCs were divided into two types: cysts with SNRF known as Tarlov cysts and cysts without. The surgical methods were tailored to the different types of SESMCs. The improved Japanese Orthopedic Association (IJOA) scoring system was used to evaluate preoperative and postoperative neurological function of the patients. Preoperative IJOA scores were 18.5 ± 1.73, and postoperative IJOA scores were 19.6 ± 0.78. The difference between preoperative and postoperative IJOA scores was statistically significant (t = -4.52, p = 0.0001), with a significant improvement in neurological function after surgery. Among the improvements in neurological functions, the most significant was sensation (z=-2.74, p=0.006), followed by bowel/bladder function (z=-2.50, p=0.01). There was a statistically significant association between the types of SESMC and the number (F=12.57, p=0.001) and maximum diameter (F=8.08, p=0.006) of the cysts. SESMC with SNRF are often multiple and small, while cysts without SNRF tend to be solitary and large. We advocate early surgical intervention for symptomatic SESMCs in view of significant clinical improvement postoperatively.

  4. Early clinical and subclinical visual evoked potential and Humphrey's visual field defects in cryptococcal meningitis.

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    Full Text Available Cryptococcal induced visual loss is a devastating complication in survivors of cryptococcal meningitis (CM. Early detection is paramount in prevention and treatment. Subclinical optic nerve dysfunction in CM has not hitherto been investigated by electrophysiological means. We undertook a prospective study on 90 HIV sero-positive patients with culture confirmed CM. Seventy-four patients underwent visual evoked potential (VEP testing and 47 patients underwent Humphrey's visual field (HVF testing. Decreased best corrected visual acuity (BCVA was detected in 46.5% of patients. VEP was abnormal in 51/74 (68.9% right eyes and 50/74 (67.6% left eyes. VEP P100 latency was the main abnormality with mean latency values of 118.9 (±16.5 ms and 119.8 (±15.7 ms for the right and left eyes respectively, mildly prolonged when compared to our laboratory references of 104 (±10 ms (p<0.001. Subclinical VEP abnormality was detected in 56.5% of normal eyes and constituted mostly latency abnormality. VEP amplitude was also significantly reduced in this cohort but minimally so in the visually unimpaired. HVF was abnormal in 36/47 (76.6% right eyes and 32/45 (71.1% left eyes. The predominant field defect was peripheral constriction with an enlarged blind spot suggesting the greater impact by raised intracranial pressure over that of optic neuritis. Whether this was due to papilloedema or a compartment syndrome is open to further investigation. Subclinical HVF abnormalities were minimal and therefore a poor screening test for early optic nerve dysfunction. However, early optic nerve dysfunction can be detected by testing of VEP P100 latency, which may precede the onset of visual loss in CM.

  5. Meningeal tumors histologically mimicking meningioma.

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    Barresi, Valeria; Caffo, Maria; Branca, Giovanni; Caltabiano, Rosario; Tuccari, Giovanni

    2012-10-15

    A number of meningeal neoplastic lesions may radiologically and clinically simulate meningioma. In the present paper, we review meningeal non-meningothelial tumors which may also mimic different histotypes of meningioma at the histological examination. Awareness that these lesions exist may facilitate their recognition and correct diagnosis, which is of fundamental importance for prognosis and an appropriate therapeutic approach. Histological and immunohistochemical clues for the differential diagnosis are discussed.

  6. Investigation of pathogen in children with bacterial meningitis%儿童细菌性脑膜炎病原学及耐药性分析

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    谢永强; 邓秋连; 虢艳; 黄勇; 钟玉葵

    2011-01-01

    目的 了解广州地区儿童细菌性脑膜炎的病原菌分布特点及其耐药状况,为临床进行及时有效治疗提供实验室依据.方法 回顾分析2005年1月-2009年12月广州妇女儿童医疗中心细菌性脑膜炎病例的脑脊液病原菌分离培养结果及其药敏试验情况.结果 5年来共从细菌性脑膜炎患儿的脑脊液标本中检出病原菌335株,其中革兰阳性菌215株(64.18%),革兰阴性菌109株(32.54%),真菌11株(3.28%).主要是凝固酶阴性葡萄球菌(115株,占34.33%)和肺炎链球菌(81株,占24.18%).新生儿及婴儿早期的病原菌主要是凝固酶阴性葡萄球菌.耐甲氧西林凝固酶阴性葡萄球菌发生率达55.65%.葡萄球菌对青霉素、红霉素、克林霉素耐药率超过70%,对万古霉素和利奈唑烷敏感;肺炎链球菌对青霉素耐药率为8.64%,对红霉素和克林霉素耐药率较高(>60%);革兰阴性杆菌对亚胺培南、头孢哌酮/舒巴坦及阿米卡星敏感率较高,但大肠埃希菌和肺炎克雷伯菌超广谱β内酰胺酶发生率为22.86%和27.59%.结论 儿童细菌性脑膜炎主要病原菌是凝固酶阴性葡萄球菌和肺炎链球菌,早期准确的病原学诊断和及时采用敏感的抗菌药物治疗是降低后遗症发生率和病死率的重要手段.%Objective To determine the distribution and drug resistance of bacteria isolated from children with bacterial meningitis in Guangzhou; as a benchmark rationale for the use of antibiotics. Methods Bacterial sensitive data of children with bacterial meningitis admitted in Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center from January 2005 to December 2009 were analyzed. Results A total of 335 organisms were detected from cerebrospinal fluid, including 215 (64.18%) Gram-positive strains, 109 (32.54%) Gram-negative strains and 11 (3.28%) fungal strains. 115 strains (34.33%) of coagulase negative staphylococci (CNS) and 81 (24.18%) strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae were the most common

  7. 头孢噻肟钠治疗儿童细菌性脑膜炎的124例临床分析%Cefotaxime sodium for the treatment of bacterial meningitis in children 124 patients

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    龙丽华; 梁勇; 冉龙国; 杨爱梅

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    Objective :To investigate the clinical efficacy for the treatment of bacterialmeningitis in children and research cefotaxime sodium (claforan). Method :Admitted to our hospital in recent years clinical data of 124 cases of bacterial meningitis in children as research subjects, divided into observation group and the control group, 62 cases in each in accordance with the principle of randomization observation group actively conventional treatment cefotaxime sodium for treatment, control group actively conventional treatment using ceftriaxone treatment, statistics and compare the treatment outcomes of patients after treatment. Results:Of the treatment of the two groups of children with total efficiency were 100%, but the effective rate is 93.55% of the observation group (58/62), the remarkable efficiency of the control group compared with 70.97% (44/62), the observation group was significantly better than control group, the difference was statistically significant (P 0.05). Conclusion :Cefotaxime sodium in the treatment of bacterial meningitis in children a significant effect, and security is high, it is worth to be promoted and applied in the clinical.%目的探讨和研究头孢噻肟钠(凯福隆)治疗儿童细菌性脑膜炎的临床疗效.方法摘取我院近年来收治的124例细菌性脑膜炎患儿作为研究对象,按照随机分组的原则将之分为观察组和对照组各62例,其中观察组在积极常规治疗基础上用头孢噻肟钠进行治疗,对照组则在积极常规治疗基础上采用头孢曲松进行治疗,治疗结束后统计并对比两组患者的治疗结果.结果两组患儿的治疗总有效率均为100%,但观察组的显效率为93.55%(58/62),对照组的显效率则为70.97%(44/62),观察组明显优于对照组,差异具有统计学意义(P0.05).结论头孢噻肟钠治疗儿童细菌性脑膜炎的疗效显著,且安全性较高,值得在临床上加以推广和应用.

  8. Haemophilus influenzae type f meningitis in a previously healthy boy

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    Ronit, Andreas; Berg, Ronan M G; Bruunsgaard, Helle;

    2013-01-01

    Non-serotype b strains of Haemophilus influenzae are extremely rare causes of acute bacterial meningitis in immunocompetent individuals. We report a case of acute bacterial meningitis in a 14-year-old boy, who was previously healthy and had been immunised against H influenzae serotype b (Hib...

  9. Clinical features, acute complications, and outcome of Salmonella meningitis in children under one year of age in Taiwan

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Salmonella meningitis remains a threat to children below two years of age in both developing and developed countries. However, information on such infections has not been well characterized. We analyzed data related to twelve years of experience in order to clarify the comprehensive features of Salmonella meningitis in our patients, including admission characteristics, acute complications, and long-term outcome. Methods The records of patients with spontaneous Salmonella meningitis from 1982 to 1994 were retrospectively reviewed. The long-term outcome was prospectively determined for survivors at school age by the developmental milestones reported by their parents and detailed neurological evaluation along with intelligence, hearing, visual, speech and language assessments. Results Of the twenty-four patients, seizures were noted in fifteen (63% before admission and thirteen (54% during hospitalization. Acute complications mainly included hydrocephalus (50%, subdural collection (42%, cerebral infarction (33%, ventriculitis (25%, empyema (13%, intracranial abscess (8%, and cranial nerve palsy (8%. Three patients (13% died during the acute phase of Salmonella meningitis. The twenty-one survivors, on whom we followed up at school age, have sequelae consisting of language disorder (52%, motor disability (48%, intelligence quotient Conclusion Salmonella meningitis in neonates and infants had a wide spectrum of morbidity and acute complications, leading to a complicated hospital course and subsequently a high prevalence of permanent adverse outcome. Thus, early recognition of acute complications of Salmonella meningitis and a follow-up plan for early developmental assessment of survivors are vital.

  10. 应用荧光定量PCR检测细菌性脑膜炎病原体DNA的研究%Studies using fluorescence quantitative PCR to detect DNA of pathogens responsible for bacterial meningitis pathogen

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    杨红梅; 吕静; 邹文菁; 徐军强; 占建波; 江永忠; 朱兵清

    2012-01-01

    目的 应用荧光定量PCR检测细菌性脑膜炎病原体DNA,并对脑膜炎奈瑟菌进行基因分群. 方法 提取脑膜炎患者脑脊液和血标本中待检菌DNA,采用荧光定量PCR扩增ctrA、bexA、lytA基因,对ctrA扩增阳性标本及部分流脑菌株进行基因分群. 结果 685份脑脊液标本中19份检出脑膜炎奈瑟菌、8份检出肺炎链球菌、2份检出b型流感嗜血杆菌DNA基因片段;2份血清标本脑膜炎奈瑟菌DNA基因检测均为阳性.对ctrA基因扩增阳性标本进行A、B、C、W135、X及Y分群,有18份为C群,3份为B群;部分健康人群携带的流脑菌株有14份为B群,2份为C群,1份为X群. 结论 荧光定量PCR灵敏性高,检测快速,可用于细菌性脑膜炎病原体的检测、鉴别及对脑膜炎奈瑟菌的分群.%Objectives To use real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR to detect the pathogens responsible for bacterial meningitis and to identify the serogroups of Neisseria rneningitidis. Methods Bacterial DNA was extracted from 685 samples of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) and 2 blood samples. Species-specific genes {ctrA for N. meningitidis, bex A for Haemophilus influenzae , and lytA for Streptococcus pneumoniae} were detected from the extracted DNA with real-time PCR, and ctrA-positive specimens were serogrouped. Results Of the 685 CSF samples, 19 were positive for ctrA,, 8 were positive for lytA, and 2 were positive for hex A. Both of the two blood samples were positive for ctrA. Of the 21 samples positive for ctrA,18 were serogroup C and 3 were serogroup B. Of the 17 N. rneningitidis strains isolated from healthy carriers, 14 were serogroup B, 2 were serogroup C, and lwas serogroup X. Conclusion Real-time PCR was sensitive and rapid. This method can be used to detect pathogens in clinical specimens of bacterial meningitis and identify the serogroup of N. meningitides.

  11. [Simultaneous meningitis caused by Candida and tuberculosis as manifestation of AIDS].

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    Arias Gómez, M; Requena Caballero, I; Lema Devesa, C; Suárez Dono, J; Llovo Martínez, J; Martino, V

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    Opportunistic germs meningoencephalitis plays an important role within neurologic pathology in aids. Treponema pallidum and Mycobacterium tuberculosis among bacteries, Cryptococcus neoformans in fungus group, Toxoplasma gondii in protozoos group and Papovavirus JC in virus one are the most frequently implicated germs. Sometimes infections are mixed. We present a simultaneous meningitis case produced by Candida albicans and Mycobacterium tuberculosis that coursed with neutrophilic pleocytosis in CSF and normal glucose CSF levels, consisting the clinical debut of aids. Repeated CSF examinations are the diagnostic clue owing, as in our case, instauration of early treatment. Present case of simultaneous tuberculous and candidiasic meningitis is the first one described in a HIV positive patient.

  12. Etiologies and Management of Aseptic Meningitis in Patients Admitted to an Internal Medicine Department.

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    Jarrin, Irène; Sellier, Pierre; Lopes, Amanda; Morgand, Marjolaine; Makovec, Tamara; Delcey, Veronique; Champion, Karine; Simoneau, Guy; Green, Andrew; Mouly, Stéphane; Bergmann, Jean-François; Lloret-Linares, Célia

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    Several studies have focused on the clinical and biological characteristics of meningitis in order to distinguish between bacterial and viral meningitis in the emergency setting. However, little is known about the etiologies and outcomes of aseptic meningitis in patients admitted to Internal Medicine.The aim of the study is to describe the etiologies, characteristics, and outcomes of aseptic meningitis with or without encephalitis in adults admitted to an Internal Medicine Department.A retrospective cohort study was conducted in the Internal Medicine Department of the Lariboisière Hospital in Paris, France, from January 2009 to December 2011. Clinical and biological characteristics of aseptic meningitis were recorded. These included cerebrospinal fluid analysis, results of polymerase chain reaction testing, final diagnoses, and therapeutic management.The cohort included 180 patients fulfilling the criteria for aseptic meningitis with (n = 56) or without (n = 124) encephalitis. A definitive etiological diagnosis was established in 83 of the 180 cases. Of the cases with a definitive diagnosis, 73 were due to infectious agents, mainly enteroviruses, Herpes Simplex Virus 2, and Varicella Zoster Virus (43.4%, 16.8%, and 14.5% respectively). Inflammatory diseases were diagnosed in 7 cases. Among the 97 cases without definitive diagnoses, 26 (26.8%) remained free of treatment throughout their management whereas antiviral or antibiotic therapy was initiated in the emergency department for the remaining 71 patients. The treatment was discontinued in only 10 patients deemed to have viral meningitis upon admission to Internal Medicine.The prevalence of inflammatory diseases among patients admitted to internal medicine for aseptic meningitis is not rare (4% of overall aseptic meningitis). The PCR upon admission to the emergency department is obviously of major importance for the prompt optimization of therapy and management. However, meningitis due to viral agents or

  13. Eficácia da associação de dexametasona à antibioticoterapia em pacientes pediátricos com meningite bacteriana Effectiveness of the association of dexamethasone with antibiotic therapy in pediatric patients with bacterial meningitis

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia da associação de corticoide ao tratamento padrão da meningite bacteriana em pacientes pediátricos. MÉTODOS: Realizou-se revisão sistemática da literatura através da base de dados MEDLINE. Foram incluídos apenas ensaios clínicos controlados e randomizados que comparassem a dexametasona ao placebo no tratamento de pacientes pediátricos com meningite bacteriana. RESULTADOS: Oito artigos preencheram os critérios de inclusão e foram selecionados para análise. Não houve diferença nas taxas de mortalidade (p = 0,86 ou de incidências de sequelas neurológicas (p = 0,41 e audiológicas (p = 0,48 entre os grupos. CONCLUSÃO: Não existem benefícios na associação de corticoide ao tratamento da meningite bacteriana em pacientes pediátricos.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of the association of corticosteroids and the standard treatment of bacterial meningitis in pediatric patients. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature was conducted through the MEDLINE database. Only randomized controlled trials comparing dexamethasone with placebo in the treatment of pediatric patients with bacterial meningitis were included. RESULTS: Eight articles met the inclusion criteria and were selected for analysis. There were no difference in mortality (p = 0.86, and incidence of neurological (p = 0.41 and auditory (p = 0.48 sequelae between the groups. CONCLUSION: There are no benefits in associating corticosteroids with the standard treatment of bacterial meningitis in pediatric patients.

  14. Epidemiological profile of acute bacterial meningitis in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil Perfil epidemiológico da meningite bacteriana aguda no estado do Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Acute bacterial meningitis (ABM remains a public health problem in Brazil. To evaluate the epidemiology of ABM cases at Giselda Trigueiro Hospital, Rio Grande do Norte, a descriptive retrospective survey was conducted covering 2005 to 2008. METHODS: Clinical and laboratory data were collected from the epidemiology department of the hospital and analyzed. RESULTS: Out of 168 ABM cases, 24.4%, 10.7%, and 2.4% were, respectively, caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenza b, and 5.4% by other bacteria. The mean age was 22.48 ± 18.7 years old. CONCLUSIONS: Streptococcus pneumoniae was the main causative pathogen in the young urban population.INTRODUÇÃO: Meningite bacteriana aguda (MBA permanece um problema de saúde pública no Brasil. Para avaliar a epidemiologia da MBA atendida no Hospital Giselda Trigueiro, Rio Grande do Norte, um estudo retrospectivo-descritivo foi realizado de 2005 a 2008. MÉTODOS: Dados clínicos e laboratoriais foram coletados do departamento de epidemiologia hospitalar e analisados. RESULTADOS: Dos 168 casos de MBA, 24,4%, 10,7% e 2,4% foram, respectivamente, causados por Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis e Haemophilus influenzae b e 5,4% por outras bactérias. A média da idade foi 22,48 ± 18,7 anos. CONCLUSÕES: Streptococcus pneumoniae foi o principal patógeno causador na população urbana jovem.

  15. Diagnostic value of MRI in tuberculous meningitis

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    Tayfun, C. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Guelhane Military Medical Academy and Medical School, Ankara (Turkey); Uecoez, T. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Guelhane Military Medical Academy and Medical School, Ankara (Turkey); Tasar, M [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Guelhane Military Medical Academy and Medical School, Ankara (Turkey); Atac, K. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Guelhane Military Medical Academy and Medical School, Ankara (Turkey); Ogur, E. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Guelhane Military Medical Academy and Medical School, Ankara (Turkey); Oeztuerk, T. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Guelhane Military Medical Academy and Medical School, Ankara (Turkey); Yinanc, M.A. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Guelhane Military Medical Academy and Medical School, Ankara (Turkey)

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    In this study 15 patients with clinical findings and positive cerebrospinal fluid analyses for tuberculous meningitis were evaluated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Tuberculous meningitis was diagnosed in 11 cases when thick meningeal enhancement was present after intravenous injection of gadolinium diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-DTPA) in T1-weighted images. Intra-axial tuberculomas were present in 8 patients, 2 of whom had intra-axial tuberculomas without MRI evidence of meningitis. Tuberculomas showed ring or nodular enhancement in postcontrast T1-weighted images, but the most significant MR feature of intraparenchymal tuberculomas was the hypointense appearance of the lesions on T2-weighted images. (orig.)

  16. Distinguishing fungal and bacterial keratitis on clinical signs

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    Astrid Leck

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In many settings, laboratory support for the diagnosis of the type of microbial keratitis is not available. Experienced ophthalmologists have long maintained that it is sometimes possible to distinguish fungal from bacterial microbial keratitis on the basis of clinical signs. Formal data to support this view are limited, and it is important to establish the validity of such claims to understand whether signs can reliably guide clinical decisions. In addition, antifungal treatment is often in limited supply and prohibitively expensive. Therefore, it is not feasible or desirable to prescribe empirical antifungal therapy to every patient who presents with microbial keratitis in tropical regions, where fungal infections are more frequent. Here we review research to determine whether it is possible to reliably distinguish bacterial and fungal infection clinical features alone.

  17. Adult meningitis in a setting of high HIV and TB prevalence: findings from 4961 suspected cases

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    Meintjes Graeme

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The presentation and causes of adult meningitis in South Africa have changed substantially as a result of HIV. Knowledge of aetiology and laboratory findings in patients presenting with meningitis are important in guiding management. We performed a retrospective study to determine these findings in a setting of high HIV and TB prevalence in Cape Town. Methods Patients undergoing lumbar punctures between 1st January 2006 and 31st December 2008 at a public sector referral hospital were studied. Cases were classified by microbiological diagnosis, or in the absence of definitive microbiology as 1 normal CSF (neutrophils ≤ 1 × 106/L, lymphocytes ≤ 5 × 106/L, protein ≤ 0.5 g/dL, glucose ≥1.5 mmol/L, 2 minor abnormalities (neutrophils 2-5, lymphocytes 6-20, protein 0.51-1.0, glucose 1.0-1.49 or 3 markedly abnormal (neutrophils>5, lymphocytes>20, protein>1.0, glucose Results 5578 LPs were performed on 4549 patients, representing 4961 clinical episodes. Of these, 2293 had normal CSF and 931 had minor abnormalities and no aetiology identified. Of the remaining 1737, microbiological diagnoses were obtained in 820 (47%. Cryptococcus accounted for 63% (514 of microbiological diagnoses, TB for 28% (227, bacterial meningitis for 8% (68. Of the remaining 917 who had marked abnormalities, the majority (59% had a sterile lymphocytic CSF. Of note 16% (81 patients with confirmed Cryptococcus, 5% (12 with TB and 4% (3 with bacterial meningitis had normal CSF cell-counts and biochemistry. Conclusions Cryptococcal and tuberculous meningitis are now the commonest causes of adult meningitis in this setting. TB meningitis is probably underdiagnosed by laboratory investigation, as evidence by the large numbers presenting with sterile lymphocytic markedly abnormal CSFs.

  18. 联合检测血清降钙素原、高敏C反应蛋白和全血白细胞在鉴别小儿细菌性和病毒性脑膜炎病中的重大意义%The Great Significance of Combined Detection of Serum Procalcitonin(PCT), High-sensitivity c-reactive Protein(hs - CRP) and White Blood Cells in Whole Blood in the Identification of Children with Bacterial Meningitis and Viral Meningitis

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    张保珍

    2016-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the significance of serum procalcitonin(PCT), high-sensitivity c-reactive protein(hs-CRP) and white blood cells in whole blood in identifying children with bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis.Methods To detecte PCT, hs-CRP and whole blood WBC taken from 42 children with bacterial meningitis, 56 children with viral meningitis and 40 healthy controls children.Results ①The level of PCT, hs-CRP and whole blood WBC in children with bacterial meningitis were significantly higher than that in control group. There was significant difference between the two groups(P0.05).②The combined detection of the three indicators in the identification of bacterial meningitis and viral encephalicis in accuracy, sensitivity and specificity was significantly higher than on an individual detection. There was significant difference between the two ways(P0.05).②三项指标联合检测鉴别细菌性和病毒性脑膜炎病在准确度,灵敏度和特异性上明显高于单独检测任一项指标,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 联合检测血清降钙素原、高敏C反应蛋白和全血白细胞有助于鉴别小儿细菌性和病毒性脑膜炎.

  19. Computed tomography of tuberculous meningitis

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    Sato, Noriko; Sato, Hiromi; Kawaguchi, Tetsuro; Fujita, Katsuzo; Tanaka, Makoto (Kobe Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1982-12-01

    Recently, tuberculous meningitis has become rather rare except in areas where tuberculosis is still endemic. Six adolescents and young adults with tuberculous meningitis were evaluated by means of serial computerized tomography (CT), and the results were correlated with the findings of surgical specimens or autopsies. All cases showed meningeal irritation and fever at onset. CSF cultures revealed the presence of tuberculous bacilli. Four cases advanced rapidly to the clinical stage III and expired in a short period-between two weeks to one month from onset. On initial CT scanning, the disappearance of the basal cistern was a characteristic finding in all these cases. With the progression, an enhancement of the basal cistern on contrast injection, a localized hypodensity in adjacent parenchyma, and symmetrical ventricular dilatation appeared. Two autopsied cases showed tuberculous granulomas with purulent materials, thickened meninges, and caseous necrosis in the parenchyma around the basal cistern. The other two cases progressed rather slowly. CT findings at Stage II showed multiple enhanced spots in the basal subcortical area following contrast injection. Tuberculous granulomas were identified in these parts by means of explorative craniotomy. The authors point out the pathognomonic CT findings of tuberculous meningitis and emphasize the necessity of serial CT for the early detection and management of tuberculous meningitis.

  20. A prospective longitudinal study of the clinical outcomes from cryptococcal meningitis following treatment induction with 800 mg oral fluconazole in Blantyre, Malawi.

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    Camilla Rothe

    Full Text Available Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common neurological infection in HIV infected patients in Sub Saharan Africa, where gold standard treatment with intravenous amphotericin B and 5 flucytosine is often unavailable or difficult to administer. Fluconazole monotherapy is frequently recommended in national guidelines but is a fungistatic drug compromised by uncertainty over optimal dosing and a paucity of clinical end-point outcome data.From July 2010 until March 2011, HIV infected adults with a first episode of cryptococcal meningitis were recruited at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi. Patients were treated with oral fluconazole monotherapy 800 mg daily, as per national guidelines. ART was started at 4 weeks. Outcomes and factors associated with treatment failure were assessed 4, 10 and 52 weeks after fluconazole initiation.Sixty patients were recruited. 26/60 (43% died by 4 weeks. 35/60 (58.0% and 43/56 (77% died or failed treatment by 10 or 52 weeks respectively. Reduced consciousness (Glasgow Coma Score 3 of 5 and confusion (Abbreviated Mental Test Score <8 of 10 were all common at baseline and associated with death or treatment failure. ART prior to recruitment was not associated with better outcomes.Mortality and treatment failure from cryptococcal meningitis following initiation of treatment with 800 mg oral fluconazole is unacceptably high. To improve outcomes, there is an urgent need for better therapeutic strategies and point-of-care diagnostics, allowing earlier diagnosis before development of neurological deficit.

  1. Clinical diagnosis value of immunoglobulin and c-reactive protein in cerebrospinal fluids for infectious meningitis in the aged patients%脑脊液免疫球蛋白与C-反应蛋白对感染性脑膜炎老年患者临床诊断的价值

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    沈壮虹; 汪利平; 林红

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To test the cerebrospinal fluid level of immunoglobulin (Ig) and C-reactive protein (CRP) in elderly patients with infectious meningitis ,so as to explore the clinical diagnostic value of Ig and CRP and pro-vide reference for clinical diagnosis .METHODS Totally 65 elderly cases of infectious meningitis from Jul .2012 to Feb .2015 in our hospital were selected as the observation group which was subdivided into the bacterial suppura-tive meningitis group (n = 20) ,the viral meningitis group (n = 23) and the tuberculous meningitis group (n =22) .Another 65 elderly hospitalized headache patients during the same time in our hospital were selected as the control group .The two groups were compared for immunoglobulin (IgA ,IgM and IgG) and C-reactive protein levels in cerebrospinal fluids .RESULTS Compared with the control group ,each related indicator of immunoglobu-lin and C-reactive protein levels in cerebrospinal fluids were significantly higher in the observation group (P < 0 . 05) .Compared with the bacterial suppurative meningitis patients and the viral meningitis patients ,IgA and IgM levels in patients with tuberculous meningitis were significantly increased (P < 0 .05) .Compared with bacterial suppurative meningitis and tuberculous meningitis patients ,IgG levels in viral meningitis patients were increased significantly (P <0 .05) .In terms of cerebrospinal fluid level of C-reactive protein ,the comparison had significant differences among the patients with 3 types of infecions meningitis ,there was significant difference (P <0 .05) . CONCLUSION In elderly patients with septic meningitis ,immunoglobulin and C-reactive protein levels in cerebro-spinal fluids were significantly elevated .Early detection of immunoglobulin and C-reactive protein in cerebrospinal fluids has an important clinical value for diagnosis of geriatric infectious meningitis .%目的:检测老年感染性脑膜炎患者的脑脊液免疫球蛋白及C-反应蛋白(CRP)水平

  2. Clinical presentation, histology, and treatment in 430 patients with primary tumors of the spinal cord, spinal meninges, or cauda equina.

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    Engelhard, Herbert H; Villano, J Lee; Porter, Kimberly R; Stewart, Andrew K; Barua, Manali; Barker, Fred G; Newton, Herbert B

    2010-07-01

    OBJECT Patients having a primary tumor of the spinal cord, spinal meninges or cauda equina, are relatively rare. Neurosurgeons encounter and treat such patients, and need to be aware of their clinical presentation, tumor types, treatment options, and potential complications. The purpose of this paper is to report results from a series of 430 patients with primary intraspinal tumors, taken from a larger cohort of 9661 patients with primary tumors of the CNS. METHODS Extensive information on individuals diagnosed (in the year 2000) as having a primary CNS neoplasm was prospectively collected in a Patient Care Evaluation Study conducted by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Data from US hospital cancer registries were submitted directly to the National Cancer Database. Intraspinal tumor cases were identified based on ICD-O-2 topography codes C70.1, C72.0, and C72.1. Analyses were performed using SPSS. RESULTS Patients with primary intraspinal tumors represented 4.5% of the CNS tumor group, and had a mean age of 49.3 years. Pain was the most common presenting symptom, while the most common tumor types were meningioma (24.4%), ependymoma (23.7%), and schwannoma (21.2%). Resection, surgical biopsy, or both were performed in 89.3% of cases. Complications were low, but included neurological worsening (2.2%) and infection (1.6%). Radiation therapy and chemotherapy were administered to 20.3% and 5.6% of patients, respectively. CONCLUSIONS Data from this study are suitable for benchmarking, describing prevailing patterns of care, and generating additional hypotheses for future studies.

  3. Variáveis clínicas e laboratoriais para o diagnóstico diferencial entre meningites asséptica e piogênica em crianças Laboratorial and clinical variables to the differential diagnosis between aseptic and pyogenic meningitis in children

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    Rita Lucena

    1997-09-01

    Full Text Available Foram estudadas informações obtidas do prontuário de 573 crianças com idade entre 1 mês e 15 anos e diagnóstico de meningite, internadas no Hospital Couto Maia, na cidade de Salvador-Bahia, no período de janeiro-1990 a dezembro-1992. Crises epilépticas, diminuição do nível de consciência e rigidez de nuca foram mais frequentes no grupo com meningite bacteriana. Glicorraquia menor que 45 mg/dL, proteinorraquia igual ou superior a 140 mg/dL e celularidade liquórica superior a 600 cels/mm³ mostraram-se preditores de meningite piogênica. A análise da curva ROC foi utilizada para estabelecer o melhor ponto de corte nas medidas liquóricas de celularidade, proteínas e glicose capaz de predizer meningite bacteriana. Os resultados encontrados enfatizam que informações clínicas, obtidas com a anamnese e o exame neurológico, e liquóricas simples, definidas pelos níveis de proteína, glicose e análise da celularidade, podem ser utilizadas como medidas de grande acurácia para diferenciar meningite piogênica de asséptica em crianças.We reviewed the charts of 573 children with a final diagnosis of pyogenic or aseptic meningitis, who were hospitalized in a large reference hospital for the treatment of infectious disease, from January 1990 to December 1992. Seizures, decreased consciousness, nuchal rigidity were more frequent in bacterial than in aseptic meningitis. A cerebrospinal fluid (CSF glucose level lower than 45 mg/dL, a protein level equal or greater than 140 mg/dL and cell count greater than 600/mm³ were predictors of pyogenic meningitis. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis was used to assess the best point in CSF measures of leukocytes, glucose and protein that could predict bacterial meningitis. These results suggest that clinicians should differentiate bacterial from aseptic meningitis in children with greater accuracy utilizing only clinical and simple CSF data.

  4. Protocolo de actuación forense ante la sospecha de meningitis bacteriana y shock séptico fulminante Protocol for the forensic action with regard to the suspicion of bacterial meningitis and fulminant septicemia

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    A. Fernández-Rodríguez; B. Morentin Campillo

    2004-01-01

    Una importante tarea de las instituciones médico-legales es la colaboración con las autoridades sanitarias en la prevención de riesgos para la salud pública. Uno de ellos es la infección meningocócica, que puede cursar rápidamente y con evolución fatal, causando muerte súbita. Neisseria meningitidis es la principal causa de meningitis bacteriana y septicemia en niños y adultos jóvenes. Su temprana detección es de extrema urgencia, ya que permite el adecuado tratamiento de los contactos. El rá...

  5. Elevated soluble urokinase receptor values in CSF, age and bacterial meningitis infection are independent and additive risk factors of fatal outcome

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    Tzanakaki, G; Paparoupa, M; Kyprianou, M;

    2012-01-01

    outcome. Patients with levels of suPAR above the cut-off values and age ≥51 years, or patients in which either Neisseria meningitis or Streptococcus pneumoniae were detected were categorized as high risk patients. The combination of the above three predictors (suPAR, age and infectious agent......The aim of the present study was to evaluate the potential role of cerebrospinal fluid soluble urokinase receptor (suPAR) level, infection and age as risk factors for fatal outcome in patients suspected of having meningitis and/or bacteraemia on admission to hospital. A total of 545 cerebrospinal...

  6. A clinical Acanthamoeba isolate harboring two distinct bacterial endosymbionts.

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    Müller, Anneliese; Walochnik, Julia; Wagner, Martin; Schmitz-Esser, Stephan

    2016-10-01

    Acanthamoebae feed on bacteria but are also frequent hosts of bacterial symbionts. Here, we describe the stable co-occurrence of two symbionts, one affiliated to the genus Parachlamydia and the other to the candidate genus Paracaedibacter (Alphaproteobacteria), within a clinical isolate of Acanthamoeba hatchetti genotype T4. We performed fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to describe this symbiosis. Our study adds to other reports of simultaneous co-occurrence of two symbionts within one Acanthamoeba cell.

  7. Management of neoplastic meningitis.

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    Roth, Patrick; Weller, Michael

    2015-06-01

    Leptomeningeal dissemination of tumor cells, also referred to as neoplastic meningitis, is most frequently seen in patients with late-stage cancer and mostly associated with a poor prognosis. Basically, neoplastic meningitis may affect all patients with a malignant tumor but is most common in patients affected by lung cancer, breast carcinoma, melanoma or hematologic neoplasms such as lymphoma and leukemia. Controlled clinical trials are largely lacking which results in various non-standardized treatment regimens. The presence of solid tumor manifestations in the CNS as well as the extracranial tumor load defines the most appropriate treatment approach. Radiation therapy, systemic chemotherapy and intrathecal treatment must be considered. For each patient, the individual situation needs to be carefully evaluated to determine the potential benefit as well as putative side effects associated with any therapy. A moderate survival benefit and particularly relief from pain and neurological deficits are the main treatment goals. Here, we summarize the management of patients with neoplastic meningitis and review the available treatment options.

  8. Enterobacteriaceae meningitis in adults: a review of 20 consecutive cases 1977-1997

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    Harder, Eva; Møller, Kirsten; Skinhøj, Peter

    1999-01-01

    Enterobacteriaceae are not a frequent cause of meningitis in adults and are seen mainly in neurosurgical patients and on occasion in elderly and debilitated patients. Consequently, most series studied have been small and selected. In order to obtain a clearer clinical picture, we reviewed 20...... consecutive cases of Enterobacteriaceae meningitis admitted to the Department of Infectious Diseases, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, during the years 1977-97. They comprised 1.5% of all cases of acute bacterial meningitis admitted to the department. All of the patients were either elderly and/or had 1 or more......% survived with different sequelae. These high rates may, at least in part, be due to the advanced age and debilitated state of the patients studied. Escherichia coli was the most frequent of the Enterobacteriaceae....

  9. An Acute Ibuprofen Overdose Masking a Severe Staphylococcus aureus Meningitis: A Case Report

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    Matthew Smetana

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute bacterial meningitis has a low incidence (3/100,000 in the United States and yet high fatality rate (approximately 14–16% and classically presents as a triad of fever, neck stiffness, and altered mental status. However, less than half of patients with meningitis present with this classic triad. We present the clinical course of a patient who initially presented to the emergency department after overdosing on ibuprofen for what he described as back pain secondary to mechanical injury. However, the patient's condition quickly deteriorated: he developed tachycardia, mental status changes, was intubated due to respiratory distress, and then suffered an 8-minute PEA arrest before return of spontaneous circulation was achieved. After the patient was stabilized, in addition to the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID overdose Staphylococcus aureus meningitis, bacteremia, and pneumonia were diagnosed. We report this case to illustrate that the initial presentation of meningitis may be extremely unusual especially in the setting of NSAID overdose and the acutely decompensating patient. As the risk of adverse clinical outcomes increases with delays in appropriate antibiotic therapy, it is therefore crucial to recognize the many signs and symptoms of meningitis, typical and atypical, and quickly begin appropriate treatment.

  10. C-REACTIVE PROTEIN AND LACTATE DEHYDROGENASE IN SERUM AND CEREBROSPINAL FLUID IN RAPID AND EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF CHILDHOOD MENINGITIS

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    F. Jadali MD,

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveBacterial meningitis is still a life threatening epidemiological problem especiallyin many developing countries; considering its dire consequences, its promptand accurate diagnosis has become a priority for clinicians. Because of thevarious limitations of conventionally used laboratory techniques, we evaluatedand compared the diagnostic utility of C-reactive protein(CRP and lactatedehydrogenase (LDHin serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSFin the diagnosisof bacterial meningitis and its effectivity in distinguishing it from asepticmeningitis (AP.Material and MethodsA total of 125 pediatric cases, aged between 1 month and 12 years, includingpatients with bacterial meningitis (n=45, aseptic meningitis (n=42 and acontrol group (n=38, were retrospectively analyzed on the basis of datafrom the initial clinical examinations. Cultures, smears and other commonserum and CSF indices were compared with serum and CSF CRP levels andLDH activity.ResultsCompared with each of the other variables, there were significant differencesin the mean values of serum-CRP, CSF-glucose, CSF-LDH and CSF/serumLDH ratio between the bacterial and aseptic meningitis groups (p<0.001.Of all the tests applied, the highest sensitivity (95% and negative predictivevalue (95% belonged to CSF-LDH activity and the most specific (100% testwith the highest positive predictive value (100% was CSF-CRP titration aswell as smear and culture. Combination of CSF-CRP serum-CRP, and CSFLDHyielded the highest sensitivity (100% and negative predictive value butthe combined application of CSF-LDH and CSF-CRP proved to be the mostspecific and efficient.ConclusionIn the presence of a normal CRP titration and low glucose level in CSF,bacterial meningitis is excluded, whereas elevated level of CSF-LDH activityis a valid confirmatory predictor of BM. In addition, combination of thesethree tests with serum CRP is far more effective than the separate determinationof any of these parameters.

  11. Outbreak of Enterovirus - 71 Meningitis in Calicut

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    CK Sasidharan

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    Full Text Available Objective: Enterovirus 71(EV 71 causes wide spectrum of infections ranging from asymptomatic conditions to clinical syndromes like diarrhea, rash, hand-foot-and mouth disease (HFMD, herpangina, aseptic meningitis, encephalitis, myocarditis, acute flaccid paralysis, bulbar and brainstem encephalitis Guillain Barre syndrome, pulmonary haemorrhage. This study deals with an outbreak of aseptic meningitis in children caused by EV 71 virus. Methods: The authors report an outbreak of aseptic meningitis in children in and around Calicut in June 2008. Clinical and laboratory study was done in collaboration with National Centre for Disease Control, New Delhi. 149 children with aseptic meningitis were studied and followed up from June 2008 to May 2009. Result: All children had clinical features suggestive of aseptic meningitis and serology showed the rising antibody titre against EV 71 virus infection. CSF analysis also showed four fold rise in antibodies in one and ≥ 1:2 neutralising antibodies titer against EV- 71 in four samples indicating meningitis due to EV-71. Conclusion: EV 71 was identified as the causative agent of the outbreak of aseptic meningitis in the study and the fact that the EV 71 infection has evolved from minor illness like HFMD to major illness like aseptic meningitis from the same locality is truly alarming.

  12. Clinical significance of C-reactive protein and immunoglobulin in cerebrospinal fluid for children infected with meningitis%脑脊液C反应蛋白及免疫球蛋白对儿童感染性脑膜炎的临床诊断意义

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    周丽华

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical significance of C-reactive protein and immunoglobulin in cerebrospinal fluid for children infected with meningitis.Methods One hundred and fifty children diagnosed with infectious meningitis and 50 healthy children in the same period were chosen as the study group and the control group respectively.The CRP and immunoglobulins (IgA,IgM,IgG indicators) were detected.Results All the indicators of the study group were higher than those of the control group(P<0.05).The IgA and IgM of the tuberculous meningitis group was higher than those of the bacterial infections and viral infections group (P < 0.05).The IgA of the bacterial purulent meningitis was higher than that of the tuberculosis and viral infections group (P<0.05).And there was no significant difference between the three groups (P >0.05).Conclusion The c-reactive protein and immunoglobulin may be used as effective indicators of the detection of meningitis and be of great clinical value.%目的 探讨C反应蛋白(CRP)及免疫球蛋白检测在儿童感染性脑膜炎临床诊断中的应用价值.方法 选取确诊为感染性脑膜炎的患儿150例作为观察组,选取同期健康患儿50例为对照组,分别检测2组患儿脑脊液CRP和免疫球蛋白(IgA、IgM、IgG)相关指标.结果 观察组临床生化指标检测结果均高于正常对照组,P均<0.05.其中结核性脑膜炎组(观察组2)IgA和IgM高于细菌感染和病毒感染组(观察组1和3),P<0.05;细菌化脓性脑膜炎组(观察组1)IgA高于结核组和病毒感染组,P<0.05;3种感染性脑膜炎患儿CRP间差异无统计学意义,P>0.05.结论 C反应蛋白和免疫球蛋白检测可作为脑膜炎检测的有效指标,具有较大的临床应用价值.

  13. 恶性肿瘤合并隐球菌脑膜炎临床分析%Clinical analysis of cryptococcal meningitis in patients with malignant tumors

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    刘晨; 黄赟; 李智文

    2014-01-01

    Objective To analyze the clinical features of cryptococcal meningitis in cancer patients as well as the risk factors for this disease. Methods Clinical data for 32 patients with malignant tumors and cryptococcal meningitis were retrospectively analyzed using single-and multiple-factor logistic regression. Results The most frequent symptoms of cryptococcal meningitis were fever and headache. Other than significantly elevated cerebrospinal fluid pressure,patients with cryptococcal meningitis did not show any specific signs or symptoms based on routine examination of cerebrospinal fluid,biochemical tests,computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging. Cryptococcal meningitis was able to be confirmed by detecting cryptococcus in cerebrospinal fluid by microscopy or in a culture test. Multifactorial analysis identified the following factors as significant predictors of whether a patient would suffer cryptococcal meningitis (P<0.05):to what extent bone marrow was suppressed,whether broad-spectrum antibiotics were administered quickly after onset of symptoms,whether the patient received both chemotherapy and radiotherapy,whether the patient underwent an invasive operation, and whether the patient had reduced albumin levels or was in poor physical condition. Conclusion Decreasing the rate of cryptococcal infection of patients with malignant tumors involves reducing or eliminating risk factors,strengthening immunity and providing supportive care. Early diagnosis of infection and early antifungal therapy can improve the prognosis of cancer patients with cryptococcal meningitis.%目的:探讨恶性肿瘤合并隐球菌脑膜炎患者的临床特点及相关危险因素。方法采用回顾性分析方法,通过logistic回归模型单因素和多因素分析对32例恶性肿瘤合并隐球菌脑膜炎患者的临床资料进行分析。结果恶性肿瘤合并隐球菌脑膜炎患者以发热、头痛为常见临床表现,脑脊液压力显著升高,脑脊液生化

  14. Diagnostic Value of Neutrophil CD64 Using ROC Curve in bacterial meningitis%应用ROC曲线评价中性粒细胞CD64诊断儿童化脓性脑膜炎的价值

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    穆文娟; 李亚蕊; 韩虹

    2013-01-01

      目的应用受试者工作特征曲线(ROC曲线)评价中性粒细胞CD64诊断儿童化脓性脑膜炎的价值。方法选取40例经脑脊液证实的化脓性脑膜炎儿童患者,所有患者均检测中性粒细胞的CD64、CD11b及血常规。选取20例健康体检患儿,并测试中性粒细胞的CD64、CD11b。结果 CD64、CD11b诊断化脓性脑膜炎的ROC曲线下面积分别是0.880,0.853;CD64、CD11b诊断化脓性脑膜炎的最佳阈值为1.30,15.85;CD64、CD11b诊断化脓性脑膜炎的灵敏度分别为88.3%、70.4%、特异度分别为90.4%、75.9%;化脓性脑膜炎患者中性粒细胞CD64、CD11b与白细胞计数无相关性(P>0.05)。结论 ROC曲线评价显示中性粒细胞CD64对化脓性脑膜炎具有较高的诊断准确度,CD64是诊断化脓性脑膜炎理想的敏感指标。%Objective To evaluate the value Neutrophil CD64 in the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis by Receiver Operating Characteristic curves(ROC). Methods 40 patients with bacterial meningitis(confirmed by cerebrospinal fluid) were obtained for CD64 and CD11b, measurement, blood routin test. 20 non-infected, healthy children cases were seted as control group. Their blood samples were obtained for CD64 and CD11b. Results Draw the ROC curve of the levels of CD64, CD11b in diagnosing bacterial meningitis. The area under the ROC curve were 0.880, 0.853; The best cutoff value of CD64, CD11b were 1.30, 15.85; the sensitivity were 88.3%, 70.4%; the specificity were 90.4%, 75.9%; The coefficients between CD64 and WBC, CD11b and WBC were 0.284, 0.293(P>0.05), no liner correlation. Conclusion ROC analysis showed that Neutrophil CD64 for the bacterial meningitis diagnosis has higher diagnostic accuracy, CD64 is an ideal diagnostic marker to early identify bacterial meningitis.

  15. Erythema dyschromicum perstans in a child following an enteroviral meningitis*

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    de Melo, Cláudia Raquel Ferrão; de Sá, Mário Correia; Carvalho, Sónia

    2017-01-01

    A healthy 6-year-old boy presented with an erythematous macular exanthema, meningeal signs and fever, initially diagnosed with probable bacterial meningitis and treated with antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drugs. Enteroviral meningitis was confirmed, but the skin lesions continued to evolve and the patient was ultimately diagnosed with erythema dyschromicum perstans. The boy was followed during three years until the spontaneous resolution of the dermatosis. PMID:28225976

  16. Cryptococcal meningitis

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    DING Wen-ting

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Cryptococcus neoformans is a kind of encapsulated fungal organism that widely exists in the nature. Because of its neurotropic nature, the central nervous system becomes its major target organ. Cryptococcus neoformans can use "transcellular pathway", "paracellular pathway" and "Trojan horse approach" to cross blood-brain barrier, and then make the devastating diffusion. Despite antifungal therapy, the mortality rate remains between 10% and 25% in patients with cryptococcal meningitis (CM and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, and at least one-third of patients have experienced failure of antifungal therapy. Consequently, it is very important for us to understand the pathogenesis of CM, to diagnose as soon as possible and to explore more reasonable treatment.

  17. 细菌性脑膜炎与病毒性脑膜炎患者 脑脊液 TNFα、G-CSF、SIL-2R的检测与分析%Determination and analysis of TNF-α,G-CSF and SIL-2 receptor bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis or encephlitis

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    王小冬; 吴祖舜; 李述庭; 高俊风; 冯美江; 许宏兵

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    Objective  To evaluated the levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha(TNFa), granulocyte colony stimulating factor(G-CSF)and soluble interleukin-2 recepotor(SIL-2R)in cerebrospinal fluid, and analysized their value in differential diagnosis between bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis or encephlitis. Method  The patients were classified into two groups:1. BM. bacterial meningitis (including: PM. pyogenous meningitis; TM. tuberculous meningitis) and 2.VME. Viral meningitis or encephlitis. The levels of TNFα were determined by RIA; The levels of G-CSF and SIL-2R were determined by ELISA. Results  The levels of cerebrospinal fluid TNFα and G-CSF in BM were significantly higher than those in control group(P<0.01)and elevated level were not found in VEM(P<0.05). In addition, the TNFα and G-CSF in BM(PM,TM) were higher than in VME group(P<0.05). The levels of SIL-2R in BM and VME groups were significantly higher than that in control group(P<0.01). Conclusion  All above shows: the disorder in immunity of the patients with BM and VME. We found concentration of cerebrospinal fluid TNFα and G-CSF can be a discriminating index between BM(PM,TM) and VME.%目的研究细菌性脑膜炎(BM)包括化脓性脑膜炎(PM)和结核性脑膜炎(TM)与病毒性脑膜炎(VME)患者急性期脑脊液中肿瘤坏死因子 ( TNFα)、粒细胞集落刺激因子(G-CSF)和可溶性白介素-2受体(SIL-2R)的变化,结合文献探讨它们的临床意义。方法 TNFα用放免法(RIA),G-CSF和SIL-2R用ELISA法,检测25例PM、19例TM、22例VME脑脊液中 TNFα、G-CSF、IL-2R的含量,并与对照组对照。结果脑脊液中 TNFα和G-CSF含量在BM中较对照组显著增高(P<0.01),同时BM较VME组亦明显升高(P<0.05)。 SIL-2R的含量在BM和VME组与对照组相比均增高(P<0.01)。结论说明BM和VME均引起免疫紊乱、免疫参与炎症反应中。 TNFα和G-CSF的改变可以作为BM和VEM早期鉴别诊断的指标之一。

  18. Importância do exame do liquor de controle em meningite bacteriana como critério de alta Importance of cerebrospinal fluid control tests in bacterial meningitis cases as a discharge criterion

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    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Há controvérsias sobre indicação do exame do liquor de controle em pacientes recuperados clinicamente de meningite bacteriana como critério de cura. Alguns autores defendem alta hospitalar após normalização clínica e liqüórica, outros que a análise do liquor não se justifica em todos os pacientes. Esta série de casos com comparação de grupos investiga alterações no exame liqüórico de controle e avalia a importância do exame na decisão da alta. De 297 pacientes estudados, em 89,9%, o liquor de controle não mudou a intenção de alta (liquor resolutivo, já em 10,1% a alta foi suspensa (liquor não-resolutivo. Destes, o esquema antibiótico foi trocado em 30%. Entre as variáveis que pudessem ser preditivas de liquor não-resolutivo, à admissão, proteinorraquia maior que 100mg/dL (p=0,04 e glicorraquia menor ou igual a 20mg/dL (p=0,03 associaram-se a chance 2,5 vezes maior, podendo ser úteis como critérios para indicar exame do liquor como controle de cura para alta.There is controversy regarding indications for cerebrospinal fluid control tests on patients who have clinically recovered from bacterial meningitis, as a cure criterion. Some authors advocate discharge after confirmation of clinical and cerebrospinal fluid normalization, while others maintain that cerebrospinal fluid analysis is not justified in all cases. This case series with group comparisons investigated changes seen in cerebrospinal fluid control tests and evaluated the importance of this for the discharge decision. Out of 297 patients studied, the cerebrospinal fluid control test did not change the discharge intention in 89.9% of the cases (healed cerebrospinal fluid, while in 10.1%, the discharge was suspended (non-healed cerebrospinal fluid. Of these, the antibiotic scheme was changed in 30%. Among the variables that might predict the presence of non-healed cerebrospinal fluid on admission, cerebrospinal fluid protein levels higher than 100mg/dl (p

  19. [Bacterial genomics and metagenomics: clinical applications and medical relevance].

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    Diene, S M; Bertelli, C; Pillonel, T; Schrenzel, J; Greub, G

    2014-11-12

    New sequencing technologies provide in a short time and at low cost high amount of genomic sequences useful for applications such as: a) development of diagnostic PCRs and/or serological tests; b) detection of virulence factors (virulome) or genes/SNPs associated with resistance to antibiotics (resistome) and c) investigation of transmission and dissemination of bacterial pathogens. Thus, bacterial genomics of medical importance is useful to clinical microbiologists, to infectious diseases specialists as well as to epidemiologists. Determining the microbial composition of a sample by metagenomics is another application of new sequencing technologies, useful to understand the impact of bacteria on various non-infectious diseases such as obesity, asthma, or diabetes. Genomics and metagenomics will likely become a specialized diagnostic analysis.

  20. Purpura Fulminans Secondary to Streptococcus pneumoniae Meningitis

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    Erick F. Alvarez

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpura fulminans (PF is a rare skin disorder with extensive areas of blueblack hemorrhagic necrosis. Patients manifest typical laboratory signs of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC. Our case describes a 37-year-old previously healthy man who presented with 3 days of generalized malaise, headache, vomiting, photophobia, and an ecchymotic skin rash. Initial laboratory workup revealed DIC without obvious infectious trigger including unremarkable cerebrospinal fluid (CSF biochemical analysis. There was further progression of the skin ecchymosis and multiorgan damage consistent with PF. Final CSF cultures revealed Streptococcus pneumoniae. Despite normal initial CSF biochemical analysis, bacterial meningitis should always be considered in patients with otherwise unexplained DIC as this may be an early manifestation of infection. PF is a clinical diagnosis that requires early recognition and prompt empirical treatment, especially, in patients with progressive altered mental status, ecchymotic skin rash, and DIC.

  1. 结核性脑膜炎与病毒性脑炎临床分析%Clinical analysis of tubercular meningitis and viral encephalitis

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    赵二义; 王带媚

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical manifestations, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), electroencephalogram (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of both tubercular meningitis and viral encephalitis, and to provide clinical evidence for diagnosis and treatment. Methods Clinical data about the clinical manifestations, CSF, EEG and MRI re-sults of 64 tubercular meningitis and 62 viral encephalitis patients in our hospital from February 2008 to March 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. Results Clinical data showed that the incidence of cranial nerves injury and hyponatre-mia in patients with tubercular meningitis was higher than that in patients with viral encephalitis (P<0.05), and the inci-dence of epilepsy, mental disorders and unconsciousness in patients with tubercular meningitis was lower than that in pa-tients with viral encephalitis (P<0.05). There were statistically significant differences of the protein, chloride, ADA and cytological findings in CSF between both groups (P<0.05). And there were also statistically significant differences of the abnormal EEG detection rate and cranial MRI lesions between both groups (P<0.05). Conclusion The clinical manifes-tation, CSF, EEG and cranial MRI of tubercular meningitis and viral encephalitis all showed their characteristics and can play important roles in clinical diagnosis and treatment.%目的 探讨结核性脑膜炎与病毒性脑炎的临床表现、脑脊液、脑电图及头颅MRI特点,为诊断及治疗提供依据.方法 回顾性分析海南省人民医院2008年2月至2014年3月临床诊断为结核性脑膜炎(64例)和病毒性脑炎(62例)的患者的临床表现、脑脊液、脑电图及头颅MR等结果.结果 (1)临床资料显示结脑组患者发生颅神经损害及低钠血症比率高于病脑组,而病脑组发生癫痫、精神障碍及意识障碍的概率高于结脑组,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05);(2)结脑组脑脊液(CSF)的蛋白、氯化物、腺苷脱氨酶(ADA)及细胞学与

  2. Neuroimaging in tuberculous meningitis

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    Ravindra Kumar Garg

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous meningitis is a serious infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Early diagnosis is the key to success of treatment. Neuroimaging plays a crucial role in the early and accurate diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis and its disabling complications. Magnetic resonance imaging is considered superior to computed tomography. Neuroimaging characteristics include leptomeningeal and basal cisternal enhancement, hydrocephalus, periventricular infarcts, and tuberculoma. Partially treated pyogenic meningitis, cryptococcal meningitis, viral encephalitis, carcinomatous, and lymphomatous meningitis may have many similar neuroimaging characteristics, and differentiation from tuberculous meningitis at times on the basis of neuroimaging characteristics becomes difficult.

  3. Expressions of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in cerebrospinal fluid and plasma of children with meningitis and encephalitis/encephalopathy.

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    Morichi, Shinichiro; Kashiwagi, Yasuyo; Takekuma, Koji; Hoshika, Akinori; Kawashima, Hisashi

    2013-01-01

    Many reports in the field of childhood brain disorders have documented that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) affects central nervous system (CNS) functions. In this clinical study, BDNF levels were evaluated in association with pediatric CNS infections. BDNF levels in the serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of 42 patients admitted during 5-year period, due to CNS infections, were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs). Control samples were collected from 108 patients with non-CNS infections (urinary tract infection, acute upper respiratory infection, acute gastroenteritis, etc.). Mean values of BDNF levels, at various ages, were determined and compared. BDNF levels were below the sensitivity of the ELISA in most CSF samples from the control group, but were significantly elevated in the patients with bacterial meningitis. The serum BDNF levels were elevated in all subgroups of patients with CNS infections, and the elevation was particularly notable in those with bacterial meningitis. BDNF expression in the CSF was correlated with CSF interleukin (IL)-6 levels as well as with blood platelet counts and neurological prognoses in those with bacterial meningitis. No correlation was found between BDNF levels and serum leukocyte numbers or C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. BDNF levels were found to be elevated in the serum and CSF of pediatric patients with CNS infections, particularly those with bacterial meningitis. Monitoring the changes in serum and CSF levels of BDNF may facilitate the diagnosis of acute meningitis and acute encephalopathy and allow the differential diagnosis of specific CNS infections.

  4. Meningitis tras anestesia espinal Meningitis after a spinal anesthesia

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    A. L. Vázquez-Martínez

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available La meningitis post-punción es una importante complicación de la anestesia espinal. Describimos el caso de un varón de cuarenta y seis años que ingresó para tratamiento quirúrgico de una hernia umbilical, la cirugía se realizó bajo anestesia intradural. Tras la intervención el paciente comenzó con un cuadro clínico compatible con meningitis, que se confirmó tras examen del líquido cefalorraquídeo. Se trató con antibióticos a pesar de la no identificación de gérmenes, siendo la evolución favorable. El diagnóstico etiológico de una meningitis iatrogénica no siempre es posible, pero siempre debemos tener en cuenta esta posibilidad. En este artículo queremos revisar la situación actual del problema, especialmente la profilaxis y la actitud terapéutica.Post-dural puncture meningitis is a serious complication of spinal anesthesia. We describe the case of a forty six years old male who was admitted for surgical intervention of an umbilical hernia, performed under spinal anesthesia. After surgery the patient developed a clinical syndrome compatible with meningitis, the diagnosis was confirmed by examination of the cerebrospinal fluid. Broad-spectrum antibiotics were started although spinal cultures were negatives, and the patient's clinical course was favourable. The meningitis differential diagnosis may be difficult, but we must think about this possibility. In this case report ,we want to check the present situation, specially the prevention and medical treatment.

  5. Meningitis caused by mumps virus in children admitted to Gorgan’s

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    Meningitis caused by mumps virus in children admitted to Gorgan’s

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    Full Text Available Background and objectives: Mumps virus is one of the first knowncausative agents of meningitis in children. On-time diagnosis is the firststep in treating meningitis. We aimed to evaluate Mumps virus meningitisin children in Gorgan, IranMaterial and Methods: CSF and blood samples were taken fromchildren with meningitis, Jun 2008 till Sep 2010. For 40 samples withnegative bacterial culture, Extraction of viral RNA was carried out andReal-time PCR was performed for detection of Mumps virus.Demographic, clinical, biochemical and cytological data were collected.We run SPSS version 18 to analyze the data, using Chi Square (p<0.05Results: three (7.5 % samples have Mumps virus, two boys and one girl.All three positive cases have 0.5-1 degrees Celsius fever and vomiting butno bulging fontanel. They have not Kernig, Rodor, Brudzinski’s sign,hepatosplenomegaly, lymphadenopathy, pharyngitis and rash. ESR ishigher than normal in all positive cases and CRP is positive in two cases.Protein of CSF in one case is higher than normal range.Conclusion: meningitis is an emergency condition; therefore, moleculardiagnostic techniques are recommended for early diagnosis andintervention.Key words: meningitis, mumps virus, cerebrospinal fluid, Real-TimePCR

  6. Meteorological influences on the interannual variability of meningitis incidence in northwest Nigeria.

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    Abdussalam, Auwal; Monaghan, Andrew; Dukic, Vanja; Hayden, Mary; Hopson, Thomas; Leckebusch, Gregor

    2013-04-01

    Northwest Nigeria is a region with high risk of bacterial meningitis. Since the first documented epidemic of meningitis in Nigeria in 1905, the disease has been endemic in the northern part of the country, with epidemics occurring regularly. In this study we examine the influence of climate on the interannual variability of meningitis incidence and epidemics. Monthly aggregate counts of clinically confirmed hospital-reported cases of meningitis were collected in northwest Nigeria for the 22-year period spanning 1990-2011. Several generalized linear statistical models were fit to the monthly meningitis counts, including generalized additive models. Explanatory variables included monthly records of temperatures, humidity, rainfall, wind speed, sunshine and dustiness from weather stations nearest to the hospitals, and a time series of polysaccharide vaccination efficacy. The effects of other confounding factors -- i.e., mainly non-climatic factors for which records were not available -- were estimated as a smooth, monthly-varying function of time in the generalized additive models. Results reveal that the most important explanatory climatic variables are mean maximum monthly temperature, relative humidity and dustiness. Accounting for confounding factors (e.g., social processes) in the generalized additive models explains more of the year-to-year variation of meningococcal disease compared to those generalized linear models that do not account for such factors. Promising results from several models that included only explanatory variables that preceded the meningitis case data by 1-month suggest there may be potential for prediction of meningitis in northwest Nigeria to aid decision makers on this time scale.

  7. Chronic Meningitis: Simplifying a Diagnostic Challenge.

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    Baldwin, Kelly; Whiting, Chris

    2016-03-01

    Chronic meningitis can be a diagnostic dilemma for even the most experienced clinician. Many times, the differential diagnosis is broad and encompasses autoimmune, neoplastic, and infectious etiologies. This review will focus on a general approach to chronic meningitis to simplify the diagnostic challenges many clinicians face. The article will also review the most common etiologies of chronic meningitis in some detail including clinical presentation, diagnostic testing, treatment, and outcomes. By using a case-based approach, we will focus on the key elements of clinical presentation and laboratory analysis that will yield the most rapid and accurate diagnosis in these complicated cases.

  8. Diagnostic accuracy of two multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction assays for the diagnosis of meningitis in children in a resource-limited setting

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    Khumalo, Jermaine; Nicol, Mark; Hardie, Diana; Muloiwa, Rudzani; Mteshana, Phindile

    2017-01-01

    Introduction Accurate etiological diagnosis of meningitis is important, but difficult in resource-limited settings due to prior administration of antibiotics and lack of viral diagnostics. We aimed to develop and validate 2 real-time multiplex PCR (RT-PCR) assays for the detection of common causes of community-acquired bacterial and viral meningitis in South African children. Methods We developed 2 multiplex RT- PCRs for detection of S. pneumoniae, N. meningitidis, H. influenzae, enteroviruses, mumps virus and herpes simplex virus. We tested residual CSF samples from children presenting to a local paediatric hospital over a one-year period, whose CSF showed an abnormal cell count. Results were compared with routine diagnostic tests and the final discharge diagnosis. We calculated accuracy of the bacterial RT-PCR assay compared to CSF culture and using World Health Organisation definitions of laboratory-confirmed bacterial meningitis. Results From 292 samples, bacterial DNA was detected in 12 (4.1%) and viral nucleic acids in 94 (32%). Compared to CSF culture, the sensitivity and specificity of the bacterial RT-PCR was 100% and 97.2% with complete agreement in organism identification. None of the cases positive by viral RT-PCR had a bacterial cause confirmed on CSF culture. Only 9/90 (10%) of patients diagnosed clinically as bacterial meningitis or partially treated bacterial meningitis tested positive with the bacterial RT-PCR. Discussion In this population the use of 2 multiplex RT-PCRs targeting 6 common pathogens gave promising results. If introduced into routine diagnostic testing, these multiplex RT-PCR assays would supplement other diagnostic tests, and have the potential to limit unnecessary antibiotic therapy and hospitalisation. PMID:28346504

  9. Study progress of sequelaes and risk factors of bacterial meningitis in children%儿童细菌性脑膜炎的后遗症及其危险因素研究进展

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    张金晶; 王亚娟

    2013-01-01

    儿童细菌性脑膜炎仍是导致儿童死亡的重要原因,而细菌性脑膜炎所致后遗症也并不少见,细菌性脑膜炎患者出院后至少发生1种后遗症的平均概率为19.9%,包括听力障碍、认知障碍、运动障碍、癫(癎)、视力障碍等,其中听力障碍是最常见的后遗症,多种后遗症可同时存在.入院时患儿的意识水平、惊厥、起病时间>48 h、外周循环衰竭、致病菌为肺炎链球菌是细菌性脑膜炎发生后遗症的公认危险因素.外周血白细胞计数、脑脊液糖及蛋白水平亦与细菌性脑膜炎预后密切相关.入院时低钠血症提示预后不良.男童及激素的应用对细菌性脑膜炎后遗症影响尚无定论.%Bacterial meningitis in children is still a life-threatening disease which causes a serious of sequelaes,the median risk of at least 1 major or minor sequelae after hospital discharge is 19.9%,including hearing impairment,cognitive impairment,motor disorders,seizures,visual impairment and so on.Of all these sequelaes,hearing impairment is the most common type.Multiple sequelae is recognized.Prognostic factors are found to be statistically significant:coma/impaired consciousness,complaints > 48 hours before admission,seizures at admission,peripheral circulatory failure,respiratory distress,Streptococcus pneumonia as causative pathogen were recognized as the risk factors for sequeales.And cerebrospinal fluid parameters and white blood cell count were closely related to sequelaes.Hypokaliemia at admission also indicate poor prognosis,but need independent validation in clinical works.Male gender and corticoids were still in discussion.

  10. 颅脑术后并发细菌性脑膜炎79例回顾性分析%Postoperative bacterial meningitis in intracranial neurosurgery: a retrospective analysis of 79 cases

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    陈晨; 徐婷; 邹鹤娟; 张文宏; 翁心华; 陈澍

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the incidence of bacterial meningitis in patients who underwent intracranial neurosurgery and to explore the pathogen distribution and related risk factors.Methods The patients were selected by cluster systematic sampling method from the patient population who underwent intracranial neurosurgery for at least one time in Huashan Hospital affiliated to Fudan University in 2008.Chi-square test and Logistic regression model were used to analyze the data.Results A total of 1165 patients were included in this study.Seventy-nine of them were diagnosed with bacterial meningitis,while eight of them bad positive results for bacterial culture,including 3 cases of Acinetobacter baumannii,and 1 case each of Acinetobacter lwoffii,Klebsiella pneumoniae,Staphylococcus epidermidis,Enterococcus and Streptococcus intermedius. The common neurosurgical diseases with high incidence of postoperative bacterial meningitis were neurilemmoma 15.85%(13/82),glioma 12.21% (21/172) and hydrocephalus 10.34% (3/29).Logistic regression analysis identified male,implant,enteral nutrition,external ventricular drainage and wound negative pressure drainage as independent risk factors for postoperative bacterial meningitis.Conclusions Postoperative central nervous system infection is the most common and severe complication after the intracranial neurosurgery.The results highlight the importance of improving pathogen detection rate and enhancing the prevention in high risk patient populations.%目的 了解颅脑术后细菌性脑膜炎的发病率,常见的感染病原体以及相关危险因素.方法 对复旦大学附属华山医院2008年间所有神经外科出院病例行等距离整群抽样,查阅其中接受至少一次颅脑手术的病例资料.统计学处理采用x2检验及Logistic回归分析.结果 共抽取1165例病例,其中术后细菌性脑膜炎79例,占6.78%;仅有8例细菌培养阳性,分别为鲍曼不动杆菌3株,鲁氏不动杆菌、肺炎

  11. Meningitis Myths and Facts

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    ... Diseases Infographic Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease Meningitis Myths and Facts Myth: Meningococcal disease is easy ... infected person, such as shaking hands. Fact: Meningococcal meningitis is spread through air droplets and direct contact ...

  12. V-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene homolog 3 (AKT3) contributes to poor disease outcome in humans and mice with pneumococcal meningitis.

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    Valls Serón, Mercedes; Ferwerda, Bart; Engelen-Lee, JooYeon; Geldhoff, Madelijn; Jaspers, Valery; Zwinderman, Aeilko H; Tanck, Michael W; Baas, Frank; van der Ende, Arie; Brouwer, Matthijs C; van de Beek, Diederik

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    Pneumococcal meningitis is the most common and severe form of bacterial meningitis. Fatality rates are substantial, and long-term sequelae develop in about half of survivors. Here, we have performed a prospective nationwide genetic association study using the Human Exome BeadChip and identified gene variants in encoding dynactin 4 (DCTN4), retinoic acid early transcript 1E (RAET1E), and V-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene homolog 3 (AKT3) to be associated with unfavourable outcome in patients with pneumococcal meningitis. No clinical replication cohort is available, so we validated the role of one of these targets, AKT3, in a pneumococcal meningitis mouse model. Akt3 deficient mice had worse survival and increased histopathology scores for parenchymal damage (infiltration) and vascular infiltration (large meningeal artery inflammation) but similar bacterial loads, cytokine responses, compared to wild-type mice. We found no differences in cerebrospinal fluid cytokine levels between patients with risk or non-risk alleles. Patients with the risk genotype (rs10157763, AA) presented with low scores on the Glasgow Coma Scale and high rate of epileptic seizures. Thus, our results show that AKT3 influences outcome of pneumococcal meningitis.

  13. Revisão sistemática do uso da dexametasona como terapia adjuvante na meningite bacteriana em crianças Revisión sistemática del uso de la dexametasona como terapia adyuvante en la meningitis bacteriana en niños Systematic review of dexamethasone as an adjuvant therapy for bacterial meningitis in children

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    João Antonio G. G. Prats

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    evaluados fueron mortalidad y ocurrencia de secuelas neurológicas y/o auditivas. Se excluyeron estudios con meningitis tuberculosa. SÍNTESIS DE LOS DATOS: Con los criterios utilizados, se identificaron cinco publicaciones correspondientes a cuatro protocolos de estudio. Ninguno de los estudios mostró diferencias entre la dexametasona y el placebo para los desenlaces evaluados. Todos los estudios analizados tuvieron alta calidad (escore Jadad=5. CONCLUSIÓN: Las evidencias encontradas en la literatura son insuficientes para indicar, de modo rutinario, el uso de la dexametasona como terapia adyuvante para reducción de la mortalidad, pérdida auditiva y secuelas neurológicas, en pacientes pediátricos con meningitis bacteriana no tuberculosa.OBJECTIVE: To analyze the best available evidence from the last 15 years on the benefits of adjuvant therapy with dexamethasone for bacterial meningitis in children. DATA SOURCES: Randomized controlled trials comparing dexamethasone to placebo and/or other adjuvant therapies in patients with bacterial meningitis diagnosed by biochemical, cytological and/or microbiological data. Studies with patients from 29 days to 18 years of age, from 1996 to 2011, were searched at Medline, Lilacs and SciELO databases. The evaluated outcomes were mortality and development of neurological and/or hearing impairment. Studies related to tuberculous meningitis were excluded. DATA SYNTHESIS: With the specified criteria, five published studies were identified corresponding to four study protocols. None of the studies showed differences between dexamethasone and placebo for the evaluated outcomes. All analyzed studies had high methodological quality (Jadad et al score=5. CONCLUSIONS: Current evidence is insufficient to support routine adjuvant therapy with dexamethasone to reduce mortality, hearing impairment, or neurological sequelae in pediatric patients with non-tuberculous bacterial meningitis.

  14. 结核性脑膜炎51例临床分析%Clinical Analysis of 51 Cases of Tuberculous Meningitis

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    崔金花

    2012-01-01

      Objective:Analysis of tuberculous meningitis clinical manifestation,diagnosis and treatment characteristics,to improve the level of diagnosis and treatment.Method:From 2007 February to 2012 February I have treated 51 cases of tuberculous meningitis in hospitalized patients with the clinical data,laboratory test results,diagnosis and prognosis were summarized and analyzed.Result:This group of 51 cases of tuberculous meningitis patients with clinical manifestations of fever,headache,vomiting as the main symptom,cerebrospinal fluid changes with pressure,white blood cell,glucose,elevated protein;chloride to lower priority.96.08%with extracranial tuberculosis.Head CT or MRI abnormalities in 51 cases.By anti-tuberculosis treatment,33 cases recovered well,poor recovery in 18 cases,2 cases of death.Conclusion:Patients with clinical manifestations, cerebrospinal fluid,brain CT or MRI examination,whether combined extracranial tuberculous infection and anti-tuberculosis treatment is effective in the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis,is an important basis;early diagnosis and rational treatment can improve the cure rate of tuberculosis meningitis.%  目的:分析结核性脑膜炎的临床表现、诊断和治疗特点,以提高对该病的诊治水平.方法:对2007年2月-2012年2月笔者所在防治所收治的51例结核性脑膜炎住院患者的临床资料、实验室检查结果、诊断及预后情况进行总结分析.结果:本组51例结核性脑膜炎患者临床表现以发热、头痛、呕吐为主要症状,脑脊液改变以压力、白细胞、蛋白升高,葡萄糖、氯化物降低为主.96.08%合并颅外结核.头颅CT或MRI检查异常51例.经正规抗结核治疗,恢复良好33例,恢复不理想18例,死亡2例.结论:患者的临床表现、脑脊液、头颅CT或MRI检查、是否合并颅外结核感染及正规抗结核治疗是否有效,是诊断结核性脑膜炎的重要依据;早期诊断及合理治疗可

  15. Successful treatment of a patient with ventriculoperitoneal shunt-associated meningitis caused by extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae.

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    Tseng, Yu-Chen; Kan, Li-Ping; Huang, Li-Yueh; Yin, Ti; Yang, Ya-Sung; Lin, Jung-Chung; Siu, L Kristopher

    2014-01-01

    Bacterial meningitis is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide, despite that modern antibiotics effectively penetrate cerebrospinal fluid to eradicate bacteria. A clinical suspicion of bacterial meningitis should be recognized early for the rapid diagnostic workup. Bacterial meningitis associated with ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS) is not uncommon and infrequently presents as abdominal symptoms and signs. Infections of the central nervous system caused by extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (ESBL-KP) are extremely rare, and such multiple drug-resistant pathogens frequently cause inappropriate treatments and mortality. β-Lactamases are bacterial enzymes that inactivate β-lactam antimicrobial agents. The increased prevalence of ESBL-producing organism infections has become a worldwide problem. Timely and appropriate treatment is important to reduce mortality and morbidity of infections caused by ESBL-producing organisms. Here, we report a 61-year-old male patient who underwent VPS implantation for consequent hydrocephalus following spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage six months before this presentation. He was admitted for intermittent fever and right lower quadrant abdominal pain, and he was initially managed as acute appendicitis with its typical presentation. Finally, he was diagnosed VPS-associated meningitis caused by ESBL-KP. This patient was successfully treated with the combination of meropenem, a carbapenem antibiotic that is the drug of choice for treating ESBL-producing organisms, and high-dose fosfomycin, a phosphonic acid derivative antibiotic that is effective in treating some drug-resistant pathogens. In the present report, we emphasize the clinical presentations of catheter-related meningitis and risk factors for infections caused by ESBL-producing pathogens. Antibiotic combination therapy can provide synergistic effect and maximize anti-bacterial activity in ESBL-KP meningitis.

  16. Clinical manifestations of AIDS with cryptococcal meningitis%艾滋病合并隐球菌脑膜炎18例临床分析

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    2001-01-01

    Objective To increase the awareness of AIDS with cryptococcal meningitis. Methods Eighteen cases of confirmed AIDS with cryptococcal meningitis in the Bata Regional Hospital, Equatorial Guinea from January 1997 to November 1999 were analyzed. Results The clinical manifestations of the 18 cases were: insidious onset, fever, severe headache, generalized pain, nausea and vomiting, weight loss and dehydration, and enlarged cervical lymph nodes. Boa's and Cullen's signs were positive. The positive rates of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) India ink stain and the polysaccharide capsule antigen (ELISA) were 77.8% and 99.4%, respectively. The positive rate of CSF culture of cryptococcus was 100%. The mortality rate was 83.3%. Conclusion Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common opportunistic infection and one of the major causes of deaths in AIDS patients. The misdiagnosis and mortality rates were very high and could be explained by a lack of awareness for the occurrence of AIDS with cryptococcal meningitis, late presentation, serious illness and severe complications, and delayed and inadequate therapy.%目的提高对艾滋病(AIDS)合并隐球菌脑膜炎的认识。 方法对赤道几内亚巴塔地区医院1997年1月~1999年11月确诊的18例AIDS合并隐球菌脑膜炎进行分析。 结果 18例患者的临床主要表现为:起病隐匿;发热、剧烈头痛、全身疼痛、恶心呕吐、消瘦脱水、颈淋巴结肿大、布氏征与克氏征阳性、巴彬氏征阳性;脑脊液检查:隐球菌印度墨汁染色及隐球菌多糖荚膜抗原阳性率分别为77.8%,94.4%;脑脊液隐球菌培养均为阳性。病死率为83.3%。 结论隐球菌脑膜炎是AIDS患者最常见的机会感染和致死病因。误诊及病死率高的主要原因系临床医生对本病的认识不足,治疗欠及时合理。

  17. Primary Spinal Meningeal Melanocytoma

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    Ha, Dong Ho [Dong-A University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-12-15

    Primary meningeal melanocytic neoplasms are rare lesions that originate from leptomeningeal melanocytes. An intradural meningeal melanocytoma in the thoracic spine is less common than a malignant melanoma, which is its malignant counterpart. We report a case of a histopathologically confirmed primary intradural meningeal melanocytoma in the thoracic spine along with a literature.

  18. Edaravone attenuates hippocampal damage in an infant mouse model of pneumococcal meningitis by reducing HMGB1 and iNOS expression via the Nrf2/HO-1 pathway

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    Li, Zheng; Ma, Qian-qian; Yan, Yan; Xu, Feng-dan; Zhang, Xiao-ying; Zhou, Wei-qin; Feng, Zhi-chun

    2016-01-01

    Aim: Edaravone (3-methyl-1-phenyl-2-pyrazolin-5-one) is a free radical scavenger that has shown potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects in variety of disease models. In this study, we investigated whether edaravone produced neuroprotective actions in an infant mouse model of pneumococcal meningitis. Methods: C57BL/6 mice were infected on postnatal d 11 by intracisternal injection of a certain inoculum of Streptococcus pneumoniae. The mice received intracisternal injection of 10 μL of saline containing edaravone (3 mg/kg) once a day for 7 d. The severity of pneumococcal meningitis was assessed with a clinical score. In mice with severe meningitis, the survival rate from the time of infection to d 8 after infection was analyzed using Kaplan-Meier curves. In mice with mild meningitis, the CSF inflammation and cytokine levels in the hippocampus were analyzed d 7 after infection, and the clinical neurological deficit score was evaluated using a neurological scoring system d 14 after infection. The nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 knockout (Nrf2 KO) mice and heme oxygenase-1 knockout (HO-1 KO) mice were used to confirm the involvement of Nrf2/HO-1 pathway in the neuroprotective actions of edaravone. Results: In mice with severe meningitis, edaravone treatment significantly increased the survival rate (76.4%) compared with the meningitis model group (32.2%). In mice with mild meningitis, edaravone treatment significantly decreased the number of leukocytes and TNF- levels in CSF, as well as the neuronal apoptosis and protein levels of HMGB1 and iNOS in the hippocampus, but did not affect the high levels of IL-10 and IL-6 in the hippocampus. Moreover, edaravone treatment significantly improved the neurological function of mice with mild meningitis. In Nrf2 KO or HO-1 KO mice with the meningitis, edaravone treatment was no longer effective in improving the survival rate of the mice with severe meningitis (20.2% and 53.6%, respectively

  19. Recurrent meningitis in a child with IgG3 subclass deficiency.

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    Vehapoglu, Aysel; Ozgurhan, Gamze; Demir, Aysegul Dogan; Uzuner, Selcuk; Nursoy, Mustafa Atilla; Turkmen, Serdar

    2014-08-01

    Recurrent meningitis is an uncommon life-threatening condition. Here, the case of a 6-year-old boy is reported who had two episodes of meningitis with an IgG3 subclass deficiency. The boy had aseptic meningitis at the age of 3 years, followed by bacterial meningitis at the age of 4 years. Primary immunoglobulin deficiencies are a group of disorders associated with an increased incidence and/or severity of infection. Recurrent infections, sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia are the most frequently observed illnesses in patients with IgG subclass deficiencies, of which an IgG3 subclass deficiency is the most common, especially in adults. Although cases of recurrent viral or bacterial meningitis have been reported, herein a patient is presented with recurrence of aseptic and bacterial meningitis 1 year after the initial episode. Some researchers recommend that all children with episodes of recurrent meningitis should be screened for primary immunoglobulin or complement deficiencies.

  20. Clinical analysis of 96 cases with tuberculous meningitis%结核性脑膜炎96例临床分析

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    刘风霞; 刘雪云; 战云飞

    2012-01-01

    Objective To review the clinical and laboratory features of tuberculous meningitis in order to improve the diagnostic and therapy level for tuberculous meningitis. Methods 96 cases with tuberculous meningitis in our hospital from June 2006 to October 2010 were analyzed. Results The main clinical manifestations of tuberculous meningitis are fever, headache, and vomiting. Abnormality of cerebrospinal fluid includes increased pressure, white blood cell count, and increased protein level, but low leves of glucose and chlorine. Eighty percent (80%) of the cases were cured or improved following conventional anti-tuberculous treatment. Unsuccessful treatment or death was reported in 19(20% ) cases. Conclusion The clinical manifestations, cerebrospinal fluid findings,head CT or MRI to find extrapulmonary tuberculosis and diagnostic antituberculous treatment are important for improving the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis. Eary diagnosis and treatment can improve the cure rate.%目的 分析结核性脑膜炎的临床表现、诊断和治疗特点,以提高对该病的诊治水平.方法 对2006年6月至2010年10月我院收治的96例结核性脑膜炎患者的临床资料、实验室检查结果、诊断及预后情况进行总结分析.结果 本组96例结核性脑膜炎多呈慢性或亚急性起病,临床表现以发热、头痛、呕吐为主,脑脊液改变以压力、白细胞、蛋白升高、葡萄糖、氯化物降低为主.87.5%合并颅外结核.头颅CT或MRI检查异常51例,表现为脑积水、结核瘤、脑室扩张、多发病灶等.经正规抗结核治疗,临床治愈52例,好转25例,14例未见好转,自动出院或转院治疗,5例死亡.结论 患者的临床表现、脑脊液、头颅CT或MRI检查、是否合并颅外结核感染及正规抗结核治疗是否有效,是诊断结核性脑膜炎的重要依据;早期诊断及合理治疗可提高结核性脑膜炎的治愈率.

  1. Early clinical characteristics of neonatal purulent meningitis%新生儿化脓性脑膜炎的早期临床特征

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    刘瑛; 刁玉霞; 鞠秀明; 孙立会; 王跃刚

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨新生儿化脓性脑膜炎的早期临床特点.方法:选择2008~2010年吉林市儿童医院NICU收治的化脓性脑膜炎患儿,回顾性分析其围生因素、发病时间、临床表现、实验室检查、治疗和预后.结果:新生儿化脓性脑膜炎9例,检出率占同期临床诊断败血症患儿的17.31%,1例早产儿生后6h发病,表现有反应差、发热、抽搐、硬肿症,1例以屏气发作起病,2例抽搐时出现呼吸停止和频繁呼吸暂停需常频通气治疗,脑脊液常规WBC 42×10(c)/L~脓细胞满视野.2例脑脊液培养阳性,9例血培养均阴性,5例患儿治疗有效,放弃治疗2例,死亡2例.结论:新生儿化脓性脑膜炎起病隐匿,病情重,病死率高,应重视早期临床表现,尽早行病原学检测,选择敏感抗生素治疗,以降低病死率.%Objective: To explore the early clinical characteristics of neonatal purulent meningitis. Methods; The neonates with purulent meningitis who were treated in NICU of the hospital from 2008 to 2010 were selected, then the perinatal factors, onset time of the disease, clinical manifestations, laboratory examination results, treatment, and prognosis were analyzed retrospectively. Results; Nine neonates were found with neonatal purulent meningitis, accounting for 17. 31% of the neonates found with sepsis, one premature infant was found with purulent meningitis at six hours after birth, the main manifestations included low response, fever, convulsion, and scleredema; one neonate was attacked as breath holding spell; two neonates were treated with mechanical ventilation because of respiratory arrest and frequent apnea during convulsion, the results of cerebrospinal fluid routine test showed that the count of white blood cells was 42 x 106/L, pus cells were filled with full field of vision; two neonates were found with positive results of cerebrospinal fluid culture, all the nine neonates were found with negative results of blood culture, five

  2. In vivo study of experimental pneumococcal meningitis using magnetic resonance imaging

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    Brandt, C.T.; Simonsen, H.; Liptrot, Matthew George

    2008-01-01

    Background: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) methods were evaluated as a tool for the study of experimental meningitis. The identification and characterisation of pathophysiological parameters that vary during the course of the disease could be used as markers for future studies of new treatment...... blood-brain-barrier (BBB) permeability and to obtain a measure of cerebral and muscle perfusion. Clinical- and motor scores, bacterial counts in CSF and blood, and WBC counts in CSF were measured. Results: MR images and dMRI revealed the development of a highly significant increase in BBB permeability......-rat variation as the disease progressed, but without overall differences compared to uninfected rats (P > 0.05). Areas of well-'perfused' muscle decreased with the progression of infection indicative of septicaemia (P = 0.05). Conclusion: The evolution of bacterial meningitis was successfully followed in...

  3. Syphilitic meningitis in HIV-patients with meningeal syndrome: report of two cases and review

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    Carmo Ricardo Andrade

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Few patients with symptomatic neurosyphilis present with signs and symptoms of acute meningitis. Here we report two cases of syphilitic meningitis diagnosed in HIV patients with meningeal syndrome. The first case, a 30-year-old black bisexual male, had concurrent meningeal and ocular syphilis with persistent unusually low CSF glucose levels. He responded well to 21 days of intravenous penicillin therapy. The second case was a 55-year-old female with epilepsy, depression, behavioral disorder and confusion. The diagnosis of HIV infection was made after onset of the syphilitic meningitis. She was treated with 21 days i.v. penicillin with improvement in her clinical condition. The clinical aspects of combined neurosyphilis and HIV infection, plus special features of diagnosis and treatment are discussed.

  4. Significance study of SHP2 Expression in brain tissue of bacterial meningitis rat%细菌性脑膜炎大鼠脑组织中蛋白络氨酸磷酸酶表达及意义

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    王强; 谷席娟

    2015-01-01

    目的:研究细菌性脑膜炎中蛋白络氨酸磷酸酶(SHP2)的表达意义。方法依据随机数字表法将90只大鼠分为脑膜炎组(72只)和健康对照组(18只)两组,用反转录(RT)-PCR、Western印迹法、免疫组织化法对脑膜炎组和健康对照组大鼠不同时间点脑组织SHP2表达进行检测,然后对SHP2蛋白表达和肿瘤坏死因子-α(TNF-α)、白细胞(WBC)计数的关系进行观察分析。结果脑膜炎组大鼠皮层SHP2 mRNA表达(0.035±0.020)、(0.200±0.049)、(0.129±0.032)、(0.057±0.039)均明显比健康对照组(0.031±0.028)高(F=12.74,P<0.05);第三脑室周围 SHP2阳性染色细胞明显比健康对照组多(χ2=5.02,P<0.05);皮层SHP2蛋白表达与脑脊液TNF-α浓度、WBC计数的相关系数分别为0.08(P>0.05)和0.77(t=4.303,P<0.05)。结论细菌性脑膜炎的病理生理过程有中SHP2参与,主要作用可能是抑制炎症、修复炎性反应,可作为病情变化的参考指标。%Objective To study the significance of protein tyrosine phosphatase (SHP2)expression in bac-terial meningitis.Methods 90 rats were divided into meningitis group (72)and healthy controls (18)two groups based on the random number table,The SHP2 expression in rat brain tissue at different time points of meningitis group and healthy control group were tested by reverse transcription (RT)a PCR,Western blotting,immunohistochemical methods,then the relationship between SHP2 protein expression and tumor necrosis factor-α(TNF-α),white blood cell (WBC)counts were observed and analyzed.Results The cortical SHP2 mRNA expression of meningitis rat in-cluding (0.035 ±0.020),(0.200 ±0.049),(0.129 ±0.032)and (0.057 ±0.039),were significantly higher than those of the healthy control group (0.031 ±0.028)(F=12.74,P0.05)and 0.77 (t=4.303,P<0.05).Conclusion SHP2 participates in pathophysiology of

  5. Spontaneous pneumorrhachis and transverse myelitis complicating purulent meningitis

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    Bouchra Amara

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Pneumorrhachis is the presence of air in the spinal canal; mostly, it has an iatrogenic origin. The association of this entity with spontaneous pneumomediastinum without any pneumothorax is rarely reported in the literature. The spontaneous resorption is the usual evolution. The association to acute transverse myelitis is discussed by the authors. The patient is a 21-year-old male with pneumorrhachis associated to a spontaneous pneumomediastinum was admitted at the emergency department for bacterial meningitis. The antibiotherapy has marked the clinical profile by disappearance of the meningeal signs in the 48 h after admission. In contrast, the neurological symptoms were of marked aggravation by appearance of a tetraparesis with a respiratory distress syndrome having required artificial ventilation. The computed tomography (CT scan showed a typical hypodensity corresponding to paramedullary air extending to several thoracic segments. The spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI showed a high cervical medullary edema without signs of compression. The patient died within 15 days with a profile of vasoparalysis resistant to vasoactive drugs. Pneumomediastinum associated to pneumorrhachis and transverse myelitis complicating purulent meningitis is a rare entity. Although the usual evolution is favorable, the occurrence of serious complications is possible.

  6. Medicininduceret aseptisk meningitis

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    Farr, Katherina Podlekareva; Backer Mogensen, Christian

    2010-01-01

    Drug-induced aseptic meningitis is a rare adverse effect of some drugs. We report a patient with four episodes of meningitis caused by ibuprofen. In all episodes the patient had taken ibuprofen for pain, and subsequently developed fever and cerebrovascular symptoms. Drug-induced meningitis cannot...... be distinguished from meningitis caused by other agents. Diagnosis is therefore based on close association between drug administration and onset of symptoms, as well as negative microbiology tests results, especially if previous episodes of drug-induced meningitis have occurred....

  7. Meningeal fibroma: a rare meningioma mimic.

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    Kakkar, Aanchal; Sharma, Mehar C; Goyal, Nishant; Sarkar, Chitra; Suri, Vaishali; Garg, Ajay; Kale, Shashank S; Suri, Ashish

    2014-08-01

    Meningeal fibromas are rare intracranial tumors that mimic meningiomas radiologically as well as histologically. The authors report 2 cases of meningeal fibroma with detailed clinical, radiological, histopathological, and immunohistochemical features, and discuss the differential diagnosis of this entity. Knowledge of this rare tumor is essential for pathologists to be able distinguish it from more common meningeal tumors, especially in younger patients. This knowledge is also essential for neurosurgeons, as incomplete resection may lead to tumor recurrence, and such patients require close follow-up.

  8. Current and past strategies for bacterial culture in clinical microbiology.

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    Lagier, Jean-Christophe; Edouard, Sophie; Pagnier, Isabelle; Mediannikov, Oleg; Drancourt, Michel; Raoult, Didier

    2015-01-01

    A pure bacterial culture remains essential for the study of its virulence, its antibiotic susceptibility, and its genome sequence in order to facilitate the understanding and treatment of caused diseases. The first culture conditions empirically varied incubation time, nutrients, atmosphere, and temperature; culture was then gradually abandoned in favor of molecular methods. The rebirth of culture in clinical microbiology was prompted by microbiologists specializing in intracellular bacteria. The shell vial procedure allowed the culture of new species of Rickettsia. The design of axenic media for growing fastidious bacteria such as Tropheryma whipplei and Coxiella burnetii and the ability of amoebal coculture to discover new bacteria constituted major advances. Strong efforts associating optimized culture media, detection methods, and a microaerophilic atmosphere allowed a dramatic decrease of the time of Mycobacterium tuberculosis culture. The use of a new versatile medium allowed an extension of the repertoire of archaea. Finally, to optimize the culture of anaerobes in routine bacteriology laboratories, the addition of antioxidants in culture media under an aerobic atmosphere allowed the growth of strictly anaerobic species. Nevertheless, among usual bacterial pathogens, the development of axenic media for the culture of Treponema pallidum or Mycobacterium leprae remains an important challenge that the patience and innovations of cultivators will enable them to overcome.

  9. A clinical analysis of renal transplant patients with cryptococcal meningitis%肾移植术后隐球菌性脑膜炎的临床分析

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    杨雅骊; 都琳; 温海; 祝藩原; 方伟; 朱元杰; 顾菊林; 陈江汉; 廖万清

    2013-01-01

    目的 分析肾移植术后隐球菌性脑膜炎的临床特点,以期提高临床医生的诊治水平.方法 回顾性分析肾移植术后隐球菌性脑膜炎的临床表现、实验室检查和治疗预后.结果 4例患者中,男2例,女2例,全部为首次同种异体肾移植.所有患者均有发热和头痛症状,多表现为轻度头痛和低热.3例患者隐球菌涂片和培养均为阳性.所有患者分别给予两性霉素B脂质体、伏立康唑、5-氟胞嘧啶等抗真菌治疗,其中1例合并两性霉素B鞘内注射.经2~4个月治疗后,4例隐球菌涂片转阴,临床症状消失,均在我院随访,至今未复发.结论 肾移植术后隐球菌性脑膜炎首发症状隐匿,临床表现不典型,极易误诊漏诊.早期明确诊断、多科室协作、规范足量治疗是提高此病救治成功的关键.%Objective To analysis the clinical features of renal transplant patients with cryptococcal meningitis,and the difficulties of the diagnosis and treatment.Methods Four patients with cryptococcal meningitis after renal transplantation were involved in this study.The clinical manifestations,laboratory data,treatment and prognosis were analyzed.Results Four patients,2 male and 2 female,were underwent renal transplantation for the first time.The clinical manifestations included headache and fever.Three patients were confirmed cryptococcal meningitis by CSF culture and means of India ink.All patients were given antifungal treatment of amphotericin B liposome,voriconazole,and 5-flucytosine,while 1 patient was given amphotericin B intrathecal injection.After 2-4 months treatment,the results of cryptococcus smear turned negative,and clinical symptoms disappeared in 4 patients.Now all the 4 patients are still in follow-up,and there are no relapse.Conclusions Renal transplant patients with cryptococcal meningitis presented atypical clinical manifestations,which made it extremely difficult to diagnosis.Early diagnosis,timely treatment

  10. Frequency of Meningitis in Children Presenting with Febrile Seizures at Ali- Asghar Children’s Hospital

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    Azita TAVASOLI

    2014-12-01

    -69.Hom J, Medwid K, The low rate of bacterial meningitis in children, ages 6 to 18 months, with simple febrile seizures. AcadEmerg Med 2011; 18(11:1114-1120.Fetveit A. Assessment of febrile seizures in children. Eur J Pediatr 1998; 167(1; 17-27.Subcommittee on Febrile Seizures. Febrile seizures: Guidelines for the neurodiagnostic evaluation of the child with a simple febrile seizure. Pediatrics 2011; 127(2:389-394.Rosman NP. Evaluation of the child who convulses with fever. Pediatr Drugs 2003; 5(7:457- 461.Dubos F, De la Rocque F, Levy C et al. Sensitivity of the bacterial meningitis score in 889 children with bacterial meningitis. J Pediatr 2008; 152:378-382.Nigrovic LE, Kuppermann N, Macias CG, et al. Clinical prediction rule for identifying children with cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis at very low risk of bacterial meningitis. JAMA 2007; 297(1:52-60.American Academy of Pediatrics. Provisional Committee on quality improvement, Subcommittee on Febrile Seizures. Practice parameter: the neurodiagnostic evaluation of the child with a first simple febrile seizure. Pediatrics 1997; 769-772.Najaf-Zadeh A, Dubos F, Hue V, et al. Risk of bacterial meningitis in young children with a first seizure in the context of fever: a systematic review and meta- analysis. PLoS One. 2013; 8(1:e55270. Doi: 10. 1371/journal. pone.0055270.Owusu-Ofori A, Agbenyega T, Ansong D, et al. Routine lumbar puncture in children with febrile seizures in Ghana: should it continue? International Journal of Infectious Diseases 2004; 8:353-361.Kimia AA, Capraro AJ, Hummel D, Johnston P, Harper MB. Utility of lumbar puncture for first simple febrile seizure among children 6 to 18 months of age. Pediatrics 2009; 123(1: 6–12.Shaked O, Pena BM, Linares MY, Baker RL. Simple febrile seizures: are the AAP guidelines regarding lumbar puncture being followed? Pediatr Emerg Care 2009; 25(1:8-11.Seltz LB, Cohen E, Weinstein M. Risk of bacterial or herpes simplex virus meningitis/encephalitis in children with complex

  11. A variant epidemic methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus-15 cavernous sinus thrombosis and meningitis: A rare occurrence with unusual presentation

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    Veena Kumari H

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Septic cavernous sinus thrombosis (CST is an uncommon clinical syndrome. Although Staphylococcus aureus (S aureus is the most common bacterial pathogen causing CST, it is infrequent as a cause of meningitis. We report the first case of CST and meningitis from Bengaluru, Karnataka, caused by community-acquired epidemic methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus-15 (EMRSA-15, in a previously healthy individual without known risk factors; the patient recovered following treatment with vancomycin. The isolate was genotyped as belonging to staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec type IV and sequence type 22 and carried the panton-valentine leucocidin gene. It is the first Indian EMRSA-15 disease isolate from a case of meningitis. EMRSA-15 has been a major problem in hospitals in UK and it is a cause for great concern in Indian hospitals too.

  12. Role of cerebrospinal fluid procalcitonin in identification of intracranial bacterial infection and aseptic meningitis%脑脊液降钙素原在鉴别颅内细菌性感染与无菌性脑膜炎中的作用

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    李幽然; 张国军; 高之宪; 季楠; 张力伟; 张扬; 王丽娟; 张洪欣; 康熙雄

    2015-01-01

    criteria of intracranial infection,they were divided into either a bacterial infection group (n =50) or an aseptic meningitis group (n =128).The cerebrospinal fluid PCT and its changes of the traditional cerebrospinal fluid detection index were compared.The receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) was used to analyze the values of cerebrospinal fluid PCT for identifying the infection and aseptic meningitis.Results Compared with the aseptic meningitis group,the white blood cell count,polynuclear cell ratio,protein content,and PCT content were all increased in the cerebrospinal fluid of bacterial infection,and the blood glucose was reduced.There were significant differences (all P < 0.01).There was no significant difference in chloride.The median (range) of cerebrospinal fluid PCT in the bacterial infection group was 0.15 ng/ml (0-3.09 ng/ml),and in the aseptic meningitis group was 0 ng/ml (0-0.46 ng/ml).The ROC results showed that the area under curve of the differential diagnosis of intracranial bacterial infection was 0.746.The diagnostic threshold was 0.075 ng/ml,the sensitivity was 68.0%,specificity was 72.7%,positive predictive value was 49.3%,and negative predictive value was 85.3%.The PCT in cerebrospinal fluid was positively correlated with theleukocyte,proportion of multinucleated cells,and protein (r =0.446,0.453,and 0.482,respectively,all P<0.01).It was negatively correlated with glucose (r=-0.201,P=0.007).Conclusion The detection of PCT in cerebrospinal fluid has an important clinical application value for the diagnosis of intracranial bacterial infection after neurosurgical operation.

  13. Pathogenic bacteria distribution and drug resistance in one hundred children of bacterial meningitis%儿童细菌性脑膜炎100例病原分布及耐药分析

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    林罗娜; 林立; 温顺航; 陈秀珍; 尚燕萍; 李昌崇

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    Objective To investigate the pathogenic bacteria distribution, antibiotics resistance, and clinical features of childhood bacterial meningitis (BM). Methods Clinical data from BM children with positive cerebrospinal lfuid culture were retrospectively analyzed from March 2004 to March 2015. According to age, the BM children were divided into neonates group (0-28 days), infants group (—1 year), and children group (≥1 year). According to the onset time, the BM children were divided into the early group (March 2004 to March 2010) and the late group (April 2010 to March 2015). According to the clinical situation, the BM children were divided into the trauma and surgery secondary infection group and the control group. Results A total of 100 BM children were recruited. One hundred and two strains of pathogens were detected, 62 (60.8%) strains of Gram positive bacteria and 40 (39.2%) strains of Gram negative bacteria. The main pathogens were Streptococcus pneumoniae (33 strains), Escherichia coli (22 strains), and Streptococcus agalactiae (10 strains). The proportion of Streptococcus agalactiae was higher in the late group (18.8%(9 cases)) than that in the early group (1.9%(1 case)) (χ2=6.406, P=0.011). The proportion of coagulase-negative staphylococci was higher in the trauma and surgery secondary infection group than that in the control group (χ2=6.631, P=0.010). Drug sensitivity analysis found that 60.0%of Escherichia coli produced extended-spectrumβ-lactamases (ESBLs) in the control group, while the only one strain of Escherichia coli in the trauma and surgery secondary infection group was ESBLs negative. Streptococcus pneumoniae were sensitive to vancomycin and linezolid. Streptococcus agalactiae were all found in the control group, which were all sensitive to penicillin and linezolid. The sensitive rate to vancomycin was only 70%. The incidence of complications in neonates group, infants group, and children group was 55.0%(22/40), 78.6%(33/42), and 33

  14. A Practical Approach to Meningitis and Encephalitis.

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    Richie, Megan B; Josephson, S Andrew

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    Meningitis is an inflammatory syndrome involving the meninges that classically manifests with headache and nuchal rigidity and is diagnosed by cerebrospinal fluid examination. In contrast, encephalitis refers to inflammation of the brain parenchyma itself and often results in focal neurologic deficits or seizures. In this article, the authors review the differential diagnosis of meningitis and encephalitis, with an emphasis on infectious etiologies. The recommended practical clinical approach focuses on early high-yield diagnostic testing and empiric antimicrobial administration, given the high morbidity associated with these diseases and the time-sensitive nature of treatment initiation. If the initial workup does not yield a diagnosis, further etiology-specific testing based upon risk factors and clinical characteristics should be pursued. Effective treatment is available for many causes of meningitis and encephalitis, and when possible should address both the primary disease process as well as potential complications.

  15. Clinical characteristics and pathogenic factors of refractory purulent meningitis in children%小儿难治性化脓性脑膜炎的临床特点及致病因素

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    何燕; 郭虎; 金波; 陆海英; 卢孝鹏; 郑帼

    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical characteristics and pathogenic factors of refractory purulent meningitis in children . Methods The clinical data of 15 children with refractory purulent meningitis were retrospectively analyzed .Results The clinical manifestations in those children were with quickly morbidity high fever, headache or mental difference , anterior fontanelle bulge .And conventional antibiotic treatment effect was poor, or relapsed soon after stopping .Laboratory and imaging examination found that combined CSF rhinorrhea in 1 case, subdural effusion in 3 cases, hydrocephalus in 2 cases, as well as 6 cases of drug-related inflammation, 2 cases of special bacterial infection, one case of spinal structural abnormalities (sinus).After adjusting antibiotics(dose, duration), plus glucocorticoids, or treatment for the cause(including surgery), discontinuation of antibiotics, 13 cases were cured . One case was leaved with left ventricular dilatation and 1 case without any improvement . Conclusions Conventional treatment effect of refractory purulent meningitis in children is poor and easy to relapse because of complex and varied reasons .The main factors include special pathogens , complications , local structural abnormality and immune dysfunction , improper choice of antibiotics . Reasonably using the antibiotics or plus corticosteroids or removing etiopathogenesis , most children can have a good prognosis .%目的:探讨小儿难治性化脓性脑膜炎(化脑)的临床特点和致病因素。方法回顾性分析15例难治性化脑患儿的临床资料。结果本组患儿的临床表现为急起高热、头痛或精神差、前囟隆起;常规抗生素治疗效果差,或停药后很快复发。实验室和影像学检查发现,合并CSF鼻漏1例、硬膜下积液3例、脑积水2例,以及药物相关性炎症6例、特殊细菌感染2例、脊柱结构异常(窦道)1例。经调整抗生素及其剂量、疗程,加用糖皮质激

  16. Significance of cerebrospinal fluid lactate level in diagnosing neonatal bacterial meningitis%脑脊液乳酸水平对新生儿细菌性脑膜炎的诊断价值

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    赵翠; 张澜; 刘宁; 张鹏; 梅枚; 胡黎园; 周文浩; 曹云; 程国强

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    目的:探讨脑脊液乳酸水平在新生儿细菌性脑膜炎诊断中的价值。方法收集2014年1月至2015年3月复旦大学附属儿科医院新生儿科住院患儿脑脊液。采用血气分析仪检测脑脊液乳酸、葡萄糖水平。采用纸片法检测血糖水平及脑脊液葡萄糖水平。根据脑脊液培养、细胞数及临床表现将纳入患儿分为细菌性脑膜炎组(观察组)与非细菌性脑膜炎组(对照组),利用 Stata 12.0软件对数据进行统计学分析。结果共纳入93例患者,其中观察组16例,对照组77例。观察组脑脊液乳酸、脑脊液乳酸/脑脊液糖比值中位数分别为4.2 mmol/ L、2.32,高于对照组的1.3 mmol/ L、0.52,差异有统计学意(Z =-6.19、5.92,P 均﹤0.05);观察组脑脊液糖、脑脊液糖/血糖比值中位数分别为1.25 mmol/ L、0.44,较对照组(2.50 mmol/ L、0.81)明显低,差异有统计学意义(Z =4.97、4.43,P 均﹤0.05)。作为诊断细菌性脑膜炎指标时,脑脊液乳酸最佳界值2.2 mmol/ L,其阳性预测值(PPV)为72.7%、阴性预测值(NPV)为100.0%;脑脊液乳酸/脑脊液糖最佳界值1.24,PPV 为94.1%、NPV 为100.0%;脑脊液糖最佳界值2.0 mmol/ L,其 PPV 为65.0%、NPV 为96.9%;脑脊液糖/血糖比值最佳界值0.6,其 PPV 为60.0%、NPV 为96.9%。结论脑脊液乳酸可作为新生儿细菌性脑膜炎诊断指标之一。%Objective To study the significance of the cerebrospinal fluid(CSF)lactate level in diagnosing neonatal bacterial meningitis(BM). Methods The CSF samples were collected from neonates admitted to Neonatal Ward of Children's Hospital of Fudan University between January 2014 and March 2015. CSF lactate and glucose con-centrations were measured with blood - gas analyzer. CSF and serum glucose levels were measured with glucometer. The enrolled neonates were divided into 2 groups based on CSF culture,CSF white blood cells(WBCs)and clinical

  17. Severe bacterial infections in patients with non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia: prevalence and clinical risk factors

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    Conclusion: The prevalence of bacterial infection in patients with NTDT was found to be moderate. Time after splenectomy >10 years, deferoxamine therapy, and iron overload may be clinical risk factors for severe bacterial infection in patients with NTDT. Bacterial infection should be recognized in splenectomized patients with NTDT, particularly those who have an iron overload.

  18. Cryptococcal meningitis in immunocompetent children.

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    Yuanjie, Zhu; Jianghan, Chen; Nan, Xu; Xiaojun, Wang; Hai, Wen; Wanqing, Liao; Julin, Gu

    2012-03-01

    To describe clinical characteristics, treatment and outcome of cryptococcal meningitis in immunocompetent children. Immunocompetent children with cryptococcal meningitis who attended Changzheng Hospital between 1998 and 2007 were retrospectively reviewed. During the 10 years reviewed, 11 children with cryptococcal meningitis were admitted to Changzheng hospital and identified as immunocompetent. The 11 children had a median age of 7.25 years. Headache (100%), fever (81.8%), nausea or vomiting (63.6%) and visual or hearing damage or loss (36.4%) were the most common symptoms before treatment. There is no evidence for other site infection of cryptococcus although all the cryptococcal antigen titre is high in blood. All the patients received amphotericin B or AmB liposome with 5-flucytosine for at least 6 weeks followed by fluconazole or itraconazole as consolidation treatment for at least 12 weeks. Nine patients were cured mycologically; however, sequela of visual damage was showed in one patient. Cryptococcal meningitis seems to be uncharacteristic of symptoms, and central nervous system may be the only common site for infection. Amphotericin B with 5-flucytosine should be the choice of induction treatment in this group of patients.

  19. Increased anisotropy in neonatal meningitis: an indicator of meningeal inflammation

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    Trivedi, Richa; Gupta, Rakesh K.; Nath, Kavindra [Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Radiodiagnosis, Lucknow, UP (India); Malik, Gyanendra K.; Gupta, Amit [King George' s Medical University, Department of Pediatrics, Lucknow (India); Prasad, Kashi N. [Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Microbiology, Lucknow (India); Purwar, Ankur; Rathore, Divya; Rathore, Ram K.S. [Indian Institute of Technology, Department of Mathematics, Kanpur (India); Narayana, Ponnada A. [University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, Houston, TX (United States)

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    Increased anisotropy in brain abscesses has been shown to be due to adhesion of inflammatory cells and is suggestive of an active inflammatory process. The objective of this study was to determine if similar changes occur in the pia-arachnoid on the surface of the cerebral cortex in patients with pyogenic meningitis, and if these changes regress following antibiotic therapy. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) was performed on 14 term neonates (mean age 13 days) with bacterial meningitis and 10 healthy age- and sex-matched controls. Regions of interest (ROIs) were placed on areas including the leptomeninges, the cerebral cortex and adjoining subcortical white matter for quantitation of mean fractional anisotropy (FA) and diffusivity (MD) values. Follow-up MRI was performed in five of the neonates in the patient group after 2 weeks of antibiotic treatment. FA and MD values were compared in patients before and after antibiotic treatment as well as with those in the healthy controls. Significantly higher FA values but no difference in MD values were observed in the patient group as compared to the healthy controls at both time points (before and after antibiotic treatment). Significantly decreased FA values in the frontal, occipital and temporal cortical regions were observed in patients following antibiotic treatment. DTI-derived FA may be of value in the noninvasive assessment of meningeal inflammatory activity and treatment response in neonates. (orig.)

  20. Tobacco use increases susceptibility to bacterial infection

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    Demuth Donald R

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Active smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk of bacterial infection. Tobacco smoke exposure increases susceptibility to respiratory tract infections, including tuberculosis, pneumonia and Legionnaires disease; bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea; Helicobacter pylori infection; periodontitis; meningitis; otitis media; and post-surgical and nosocomial infections. Tobacco smoke compromises the anti-bacterial function of leukocytes, including neutrophils, monocytes, T cells and B cells, providing a mechanistic explanation for increased infection risk. Further epidemiological, clinical and mechanistic research into this important area is warranted.

  1. Aseptic Meningitis with Craniopharyngioma Resection: Consideration after Endoscopic Surgery

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    Chen, Jenny X.; Alkire, Blake C.; Lam, Allen C.; Curry, William T.; Holbrook, Eric H.

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    Objectives While bacterial meningitis is a concerning complication after endoscopic skull base surgery, the diagnosis can be made without consideration for aseptic meningitis. This article aims to (1) present a patient with recurrent craniopharyngioma and multiple postoperative episodes of aseptic meningitis and (2) discuss the diagnosis and management of aseptic meningitis. Design Case report and literature review. Results A 65-year-old female patient with a symptomatic craniopharyngioma underwent transsphenoidal resection. She returned postoperatively with symptoms concerning for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak and bacterial meningitis. Lumbar puncture demonstrated mildly elevated leukocytes with normal glucose levels. Cultures were sterile and she was discharged on antibiotics. She returned 18 days postoperatively with altered mental status and fever. Again, negative CSF cultures suggested aseptic meningitis. Radiological and intraoperative findings were now concerning for widespread cerebrovascular vasospasm due to leaked craniopharyngioma fluids. In the following months, her craniopharyngioma recurred and required multiple surgical resections. Days after her last operation, she returned with mental status changes and a sterile CSF culture. She was diagnosed with recurrent aseptic meningitis and antibiotics were discontinued. The patient experienced near complete resolution of symptoms. Conclusions Consideration of aseptic meningitis following craniopharyngioma resection is critical to avoid unnecessary surgical re-exploration and prolonged courses of antibiotics. PMID:27722072

  2. Aseptic Meningitis with Craniopharyngioma Resection: Consideration after Endoscopic Surgery.

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    Chen, Jenny X; Alkire, Blake C; Lam, Allen C; Curry, William T; Holbrook, Eric H

    2016-10-01

    Objectives While bacterial meningitis is a concerning complication after endoscopic skull base surgery, the diagnosis can be made without consideration for aseptic meningitis. This article aims to (1) present a patient with recurrent craniopharyngioma and multiple postoperative episodes of aseptic meningitis and (2) discuss the diagnosis and management of aseptic meningitis. Design Case report and literature review. Results A 65-year-old female patient with a symptomatic craniopharyngioma underwent transsphenoidal resection. She returned postoperatively with symptoms concerning for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak and bacterial meningitis. Lumbar puncture demonstrated mildly elevated leukocytes with normal glucose levels. Cultures were sterile and she was discharged on antibiotics. She returned 18 days postoperatively with altered mental status and fever. Again, negative CSF cultures suggested aseptic meningitis. Radiological and intraoperative findings were now concerning for widespread cerebrovascular vasospasm due to leaked craniopharyngioma fluids. In the following months, her craniopharyngioma recurred and required multiple surgical resections. Days after her last operation, she returned with mental status changes and a sterile CSF culture. She was diagnosed with recurrent aseptic meningitis and antibiotics were discontinued. The patient experienced near complete resolution of symptoms. Conclusions Consideration of aseptic meningitis following craniopharyngioma resection is critical to avoid unnecessary surgical re-exploration and prolonged courses of antibiotics.

  3. Cryptococcal meningitis in systemic lupus erythematosus patients : pooled analysis and systematic review

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    Fang, Wenjie; Chen, Min; Liu, Jia; Hagen, Ferry; Ms, Abdullah; Al-Hatmi, A M S; Zhang, Peilian; Guo, Yun; Boekhout, Teun; Deng, Danqi; Xu, Jianping; Pan, Weihua; Liao, Wanqing

    2016-01-01

    Cryptococcal meningitis is an important fungal infection among systemic lupus erythematosus patients. We conducted a pooled analysis and systematic review to describe the epidemiological and clinical profile of cryptococcal meningitis in systemic lupus erythematosus patients. From two hospitals in C

  4. Achromobacter xylosoxidans (Alcaligenes xylosoxidans subsp. xylosoxidans) meningitis associated with a gunshot wound.

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    The microbiological and clinical features of a case of Achromobacter xylosoxidans (Alcaligenes xylosoxidans subsp. xylosoxidans) meningitis associated with a gunshot wound are described. To our knowledge, this is the third confirmed case report of meningitis caused by this organism.

  5. Clinical analysis of cryptococcal meningitis:21 cases%隐球菌性脑膜炎21例临床分析

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    徐凯进

    2001-01-01

    目的探讨如何提高隐球菌性脑膜炎的诊断水平与治疗效果。方法分析了21例隐球菌性脑膜炎的诊断与治疗。结果本组病例脑脊液涂片找隐球的阳性率为48.8%。治疗中A组10例,单用二性霉素B,3例治愈,3例好转,4例死亡,治愈率为30%,有效率为60%;B组6例,用二性霉素B联合5-氟胞嘧啶治疗,4例治愈,2例好转,治愈率为66.7%,好转率100%;C组5例,单用氟康唑,1例治愈,1例好转,2例死亡,治愈率20%,有效率为60%。经统计学处理后,B组与A、C组相比,治愈率、有效率有显著差异p<0.01。结论隐球菌抗原及聚合酶链反应检测,有助于提高隐球菌性脑膜炎的诊断水平;抗真菌药物的联合应用,有助于提高隐球菌性脑膜炎的治疗效果。%Objective To investigate the diagnosis and treatment of cryptococcal meningitis. Methods The clinical data of 21 cases cryptococcal meningitis was analyzed. Results 48.8% patients could find cryptococcus in their cerebrospinal fluid. The cure rate of amphotericin B, 5-flucytocine and combined treatment (treated with amphotericin B and 5-flucytocine) was 30% , 20% and 66.7% , and their effective rate was 60% , 60% and 100% respectively. Compared with amphotericin B and 5-flucytocine, the effective and cure rate of combined treatment was significantly different (p<0.01). Conclusion PCR method and cryptococcus antigen detection were needed to help diagnosis of cryptococcal meningitis. Combined antifungal treatment improved prognosis.

  6. Review of idiopathic eosinophilic meningitis in dogs and cats, with a detailed description of two recent cases in dogs : review and clinical communication

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    2008-05-01

    Caesarian section after developing a non-responsive inertia 8 days prior to presentation. This animal's clinical signs included status epilepticus seizures unrelated to hypocalcaemia and warranted induction of a barbiturate coma. She died 4 hours later. Post mortem and histopathological findings in the brain were almost identical to those of the Boerboel and she also showed histological evidence of recent active intravascular haemolysis with microcyte formation. Rabies, distemper and Neospora caninum immunohistochemical stains were negative in the brains of both dogs. Immunohistochemical staining of the cerebral and meningeal exudates of the Beagle for T- and B-lymphocyte (CD3 and CD79a markers showed a predominance of T-lymphocytes with fewer scattered B lymphocytes. A possible allergic response to amoxicillin / clavulanate is considered, as this appeared to be the only feature common to the recent history of both animals. An overview of EME in humans, dogs and cats is given and the previously published cases of idiopathic EME in dogs and the single published cat case are briefly reviewed.

  7. Mollaret meningitis: case report with a familial association.

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    Jones, Christopher W; Snyder, Graham E

    2011-09-01

    Mollaret meningitis is a syndrome characterized by recurrent bouts of meningitis that occur over a period of several years in an affected patient. Also known as recurrent lymphocytic meningitis, this entity involves repeated episodes of headache, stiff neck, fever, and cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis. Herpes simplex virus type 2 is the most frequently implicated causative agent, and treatment involves the use of antiviral medications. We describe a case of Mollaret meningitis in a 47-year-old man who presented to the emergency department with his eighth episode of meningitis during a period of 20 years. Cerebrospinal fluid polymerase chain reaction testing for herpes simplex virus type 2 was positive, and further testing excluded other common viral, bacterial, and inflammatory causes of meningeal irritation. The patient's family history was significant for a brother who also had multiple episodes of aseptic meningitis during a period of several years. This represents the first published report of a possible familial association involving Mollaret meningitis. It is likely that Mollaret meningitis is underrecognized among emergency physicians, and improved recognition of this entity may limit unwarranted antibiotic use and shorten or eliminate unnecessary hospital admission.

  8. [Benign recurring aseptic meningitis. What requires our attention?].

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    Kruis, T; Kredel, L; Nassir, M; Godbersen, M; Schneider, T

    2016-02-01

    Benign recurrent aseptic meningitis (BRAM) or Mollaret's meningitis is a rare disease characterized by recurrent episodes of aseptic meningitis followed by spontaneous recovery. Disease courses over several years have been reported. In most cases, BRAM is caused by HSV-2, less frequently by other viruses or autoimmune diseases. In up to 10 %, the aetiology remains unclear. We present a case of idiopathic BRAM and discuss clinical findings, diagnosis and therapeutic options of this rare illness.

  9. Chemical meningitis: a rare presentation of Rathke's cleft cyst.

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    Mrelashvili, Anna; Braksick, Sherri A; Murphy, Lauren L; Morparia, Neha P; Natt, Neena; Kumar, Neeraj

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    Rathke's cleft cysts (RCC) are usually benign, sellar and/or suprasellar lesions originating from the remnants of Rathke's pouch. Rarely, RCC can present with chemical meningitis, sellar abscess, lymphocytic hypophysitis, or intracystic hemorrhage. We describe an unusual presentation of RCC in which the patient presented with a clinical picture of chemical meningitis consisting of meningeal irritation, inflammatory cerebrospinal fluid profile, and enhancing pituitary and hypothalamic lesions, in addition to involvement of the optic tracts and optic nerve.

  10. Acute myelopathy with sudden paraplegia as the sole manifestation of meningococcal meningitis

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    Wanis H. Ibrahim

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    Full Text Available Acute myelopathy with sudden paraplegia is a very rare manifestation of meningococcal meningitis, with only a few cases reported in the literature. In almost all previously reported cases, other clinical manifestations of meningitis, such as fever, headache, and neck stiffness preceded acute myelopathy. In this paper, we report a case of acute myelopathy with sudden paraplegia as the sole manifestation of meningococcal meningitis, in the absence of other clinical manifestations of meningitis.

  11. 激活素A在细菌性脑膜炎新生儿脑脊液中的变化及其对预后评估的价值%Change of Activin A in Cerebrospinal Fluid of Neonates with Bacterial Meningitis and Its Value for Prognosis Evaluation

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    郝丽红; 王琳; 郭静; 周颖; 巴爽; 林书祥

    2012-01-01

    目的 研究新生儿细菌性脑膜炎(BM)脑脊液(CSF)中激活素A( ACT A)水平的变化及其对预后判断的意义.方法 对2010年3月-2011年6月在本院新生儿病房住院的48例确诊BM患儿,进行3~18个月的随访及回顾性分析,分为有并发症和后遗症组(A组)和无并发症和后遗症组(B组).另收集同期住院的非颅内疾病患儿作为对照组(C组).应用EHSA法动态监测3组患儿CSF中ACT A水平.结果 A组患儿急性期CSF中ACT A水平为(544.39±149.62) ng·L-1,B组CSF中ACT A水平为(480.82±128.24) ng·L-1,二组间差异无统计学意义,但2组均高于C组[(181.06±45.20) ng·L-1](Pa<0.01).治疗1周,A组CSF中ACT A水平为(315.84±86.35) ng·L-1、B组为(338.25±99.43) ng·L-1,2组较治疗前显著下降(Pa<0.05),但2组间差异无统计学意义(P=0.432).治疗2周,A组CSF中ACT A水平为(188.19±43.38) ng·L-1,B组为(203.86±50.73) ng·L-1,2组差异无统计学意义(P=0.281).治疗3周,A组CSF中ACT A水平为(107.65±17.65)ng·L-1,B组为( 169.36±28.90)ng·L-1,A组明显低于B组(P =0.000).治疗4周,A组CSF中ACT A水平为(98.54±28.54) ng·L-1,B组为(181.84 ±35.01)ng·L-1,A组显著低于B组(P=0.000).结论 ACT A参与新生儿BM的发病过程,动态检测CSF中ACT A水平,对评估新生儿BM的预后,可能具有重要价值.%Abstract; Objective To evaluate the changes of activin A( ACT A) level in cerebrospinal fluid(CSF) in neonatal bacterial meningitis and its clinical value for prognosis evaluation. Methods Forty - eight neonatal bacterial meningitis in Tianjin Children's Hospital from Mar. 2010 to Jun. 2011 were visited for 3-18 months and analyzed retrospectively. All the patients were divided into 2 groups: neonatal bacterial meningitis with the complications and (or) sequelae group (group A) ,without the complications and sequelae group (group B) ,and the children without brain disease were selected as control group (group C). The levels of ACT A in cerebrospinal

  12. ClinicValueofProcalcitonininEarlyDiagnosisofPediatricBacterialMeningitisandViralEncephalitis%小儿急性细菌性脑炎与病毒性脑炎降钙素原检测的临床早期诊断价值

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    杨芳

    2013-01-01

    目的探讨血清降钙素原(PCT)在小儿急性细菌性脑炎与病毒性脑炎早期诊断中的价值。方法采用降钙素原(PCT)免疫荧光法,测定54例急性细菌性脑炎患儿及48例病毒性脑炎患儿的PCT。结果在54例急性细菌性脑炎患儿,血清PCT质量浓度显著升高(P<0.01)。PCT>0.5ng/mL作为细菌感染的诊断依据,其敏感度为100%。结论 PCT是一个较好的早期鉴别诊断小儿急性细菌性脑炎与病毒性脑炎的指标。%Objective To search Clinic value of procalcitonin in early diagnosis of pediatric bacterial meningitis and viral encephalitis. Methods PCT serum levels were measured with a special immunoluminometric assay of 54 cases in acute pediatric bacterial meningitis and 48 cases in pediatric viral encephalitis. Results Increased levels of serum PCT were found in 54 cases in acute pediatric bacterial meningitis(P0.5ng/mL is evidence in diagnosis of bacterial infection, its sensitivity was 100%. Conclusion PCT is a good indicator in the early differential diagnosis of children with acute bacterial meningitis and viral encephalitis.

  13. Tuberculous meningitis in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus.

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    Garg, Ravindra Kumar; Sinha, Manish Kumar

    2011-01-01

    Tuberculosis is the most common opportunistic infection in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected persons. HIV-infected patients have a high incidence of tuberculous meningitis as well. The exact incidence and prevalence of tuberculous meningitis in HIV-infected patients are not known. HIV infection does not significantly alter the clinical manifestations, laboratory, radiographic findings, or the response to therapy. Still, some differences have been noted. For example, the histopathological examination of exudates in HIV-infected patients shows fewer lymphocytes, epithelioid cells, and Langhan's type of giant cells. Larger numbers of acid-fast bacilli may be seen in the cerebral parenchyma and meninges. The chest radiograph is abnormal in up to 46% of patients with tuberculous meningitis. Tuberculous meningitis is likely to present with cerebral infarcts and mass lesions. Cryptococcal meningitis is important in differential diagnosis. The recommended duration of treatment in HIV-infected patients is 9-12 months. The benefit of adjunctive corticosteroids is uncertain. Antiretroviral therapy and antituberculosis treatment should be initiated at the same time, regardless of CD4 cell counts. Tuberculous meningitis may be a manifestation of paradoxical tuberculosis-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome. Some studies have demonstrated a significant impact of HIV co-infection on mortality from tuberculous meningitis. HIV-infected patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculous meningitis have significantly higher mortality. The best way to prevent HIV-associated tuberculous meningitis is to diagnose and isolate infectious cases of tuberculosis promptly and administer appropriate treatment.

  14. Localized basal meningeal enhancement in tuberculous meningitis

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    Theron, Salomine; Andronikou, Savvas; Grobbelaar, Marie; Steyn, Freda; Mapukata, Ayanda; Plessis, Jaco du [University of Stellenbosch, Department of Radiology, Tygerberg Hospital, P.O. BOX 19063, Tygerberg (South Africa)

    2006-11-15

    Focal basal meningeal enhancement may produce a confusing CT picture in children with suspected tuberculous meningitis (TBM). To demonstrate the incidence, distribution and appearance of localized basal meningeal enhancement in children with TBM. CT scans of patients with definite (culture proven) and probable (CSF suggestive) TBM were retrospectively evaluated by two observers. Localized basal enhancement was documented as involving: unilateral cistern of the lateral fossa (CLF), unilateral sylvian fissure, unilateral CLF and sylvian fissure in combination, unilateral CLF and sylvian fissure with ipsi- or contralateral ambient cistern and isolated quadrigeminal plate cistern. The study included 130 patients with TBM (aged 2 months to 13 years 9 months). Focal basal enhancement was seen in 11 patients (8.5%). The sylvian fissure was involved most commonly, followed by the lateral fossa cistern. The ambient cistern was involved in three patients and the quadrigeminal plate cistern in one. Focal areas of enhancement corresponded to the areas of infarction in every patient. Focal basal meningeal enhancement is common (8.5%) in paediatric TBM. This must be kept in mind when evaluating CT scans in children presenting with focal neurological findings, seizures or meningism in communities where TBM is endemic. (orig.)

  15. [Eosinophllic meningitis, a very rare entity in Europe].

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    Tudisco, Jean-Blaise; Fumeaux, Christophe; Petignat, Pierre-Auguste

    2013-11-13

    Eosinophilic meningitis is a rare entity, which is a complication of an underlying disease. Its diagnosis and treatment is always a challenge for the hospital practitioner. The aim of this case report and review is to identify the most important aetiologies, and show the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities of Eosinophilic meningitis. The most frequent causes of Eosinophilic meningitis are parasitic and fungal infections. In Europe Eosinophilic meningitis is essentially seen in travellers returning from endemic areas for these agents. The treatment is directed against the underlying disease and can differ depending on the aetiology and severity of the clinical manifestations.

  16. Subacute and Chronic Meningitis

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    ... often cannot be determined. If doctors suspect that meningitis is caused by tuberculosis, they can use an automated test called Xpert ... World Health Organization for the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis. This test can detect the DNA (genetic material) of ... Treatment Treatment of the ...

  17. Cerebral function assessment in the acute phase of neonatal bacterial meningitis caused by different pathogens%不同病原所致新生儿细菌性脑膜炎急性期脑功能评估

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    陈敏霞; 周伟; 唐娟; 王萍; 陈晓文

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨近5年新生儿细菌性脑膜炎常见病原菌,并通过振幅整合脑电图(aEEG)、脑干听觉诱发电位(BAEP)、头颅MRI评估其急性期脑功能.方法 选取2011年3月至2015年3月广州市妇女儿童医疗中心新生儿科收治的60例细菌性脑膜炎患儿为研究对象,按照病原学培养结果分为无乳链球菌组(14例)、大肠埃希菌组(10例)、其他阳性菌组(11例)及培养阴性组(25例),通过aEEG、BAEP及头颅MRI检查对4组患儿进行急性期脑功能比较研究.结果 60例患儿中29例(48.3%)血培养阳性;14例(23.3%)脑脊液培养阳性,无乳链球菌和大肠埃希菌为引起新生儿细菌性脑膜炎最常见病原.对其中57例患儿进行急性期脑功能评估,结果显示:aEEG总异常率为61.4%,大肠埃希菌组异常率80.0%,且以中重度损害为主,大肠埃希菌组与培养阴性组异常率比较差异有统计学意义(x2=3.941,P=0.047);BAEP异常48例,总异常率84.2%,大肠埃希菌及无乳链球菌所致的细菌性脑膜炎患儿重度听力损伤比例明显升高,大肠埃希菌组与培养阴性组异常率比较差异有统计学意义(x2=4.399,P=0.036),且大肠埃希菌组所致听力损伤较其他细菌组严重;57例患儿中MRI总异常率为77.2%,其中脑积水为最常见并发症,44例异常患儿中有16例并脑积水,其中大肠埃希菌占6例,其次为硬膜下积液,另有5例患儿合并脑软化,大肠埃希菌占3例.结论 新生儿细菌性脑膜炎病原主要为无乳链球菌和大肠埃希菌,大肠埃希菌所致新生儿细菌性脑膜炎急性期脑功能损伤较其他病原严重.%Objective To investigate the common pathogens of neonatal bacterial meningitis in the past 5 years,and to evaluate the brain injury in the acute phase through amplitude-integrated electroencephalogram (aEEG),brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) and brain MRI.Methods Sixty children were selected from the past 5 years who were treated in

  18. 二性霉素B治疗隐球菌脑膜炎引起急性肾功能不全的临床分析及护理%Clinical Analysis and Nursing of Treating Acute Renal Functional Failure Caused by Cryptococcus Meningitis with B (AMB)

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    朱婉丽; 邹玲; 邝静霞; 邓云珍; 郑小燕

    2002-01-01

    B (AMB) is the most favorite medicine for cryptococcus meningitis with much side effect. Clinical nursesshould master the pharmacological function and the side effect and be alert for emergent acute reaction.

  19. 可溶性髓系细胞触发受体-1在细菌性脑膜炎诊断中的意义%Value of soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 in the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis

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    郭光辉; 蒋巧雅; 束振华

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the value of soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1(sTRFM-1) in the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. Methods The levels of sTREM-1 in cerebrospinal fluid ( CSF) were determined by quantitative FlISA assay. The serum levels of PCT and CRP were measured by using immunolumtnometrte assay and immunonephelometry method respectively. The diagnostic value of sTRFM-1 was assessed by receiver operating characteristic(ROC) curve analysis. Results The levels of CSF sTRFM-1 was significantly higher in bacterial meningitis group than in viral meningitis group and control group. There was no obvious difference in CSF sTRFM-1 between viral meningitis group and control group. According to ROC curve, when the cutoff value of CSF sTRFM-1 was set as 25 ng/L,the sensitivity and specificity of it in the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis were 90. 0% and 93. 5% ,accuracy was 93. 8 % . Conclusion Detection of CSF sTRFM-1 would have certain diagnostic value of bacterial meningitis.%目的 探讨脑脊液中可溶性髓系细胞触发受体-1(sTREM-1)在细菌性脑膜炎中的诊断意义.方法 应用定量酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA)检测脑脊液sTREM-1水平,应用免疫发光法和免疫浊度法分别检测血液中降钙素原(PCT)、C反应蛋白(CRP)水平.应用受试者工作特征 ROC 曲线研究sTREM-1的诊断效能.结果 细菌性脑膜炎组脑脊液sTREM-1 水平较病毒性脑膜炎组和对照组显著升高(P0.05).根据 ROC曲线,取sTREM-1>25 ng/L 为临界值,其曲线下面积为 0.930,诊断细菌性脑膜炎的灵敏度为 90.0%、特异度为93.5%、准确率为93.8%,诊断效能好.结论 测定脑脊液 sTREM-1 水平对于细菌性脑膜炎的诊断有一定价值.

  20. Comparison of real time IS6110-PCR, microscopy, and culture for diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis in a cohort of adult patients in Indonesia.

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    Lidya Chaidir

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Bacteriological confirmation of tuberculous (TB meningitis is difficult. Culture is slow and microscopy has insufficient sensitivity. We evaluated real time PCR targeting insertion sequence IS6110 among 230 consecutive adult patients with subacute meningitis in a referral hospital in Indonesia. METHODS: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF samples were examined using microscopy, solid and liquid culture, and real time IS6110-PCR with a fluorescence-labeled probe using DNA extracted from CSF. CSF samples from 40 non-infectious neurology patients were used as negative controls. IS6110-PCR results were linked with clinical and CSF characteristics. RESULTS: Most patients presented with subacute meningitis, after a median of 14 days of symptoms (range 7-30. After exclusion of cryptococcal and bacterial meningitis, 207 patients were classified as definite or probable TB meningitis; 17.9% with HIV infection. Among this group IS6110-PCR gave the highest positivity rate (68%, 95% CI 62-74% compared with microscopy of ZN-stained slides (11%, 95% CI 7-15%, and mycobacterial culture using solid (36%, 95% CI 29-42% and liquid (44%, 95% CI 37-51% media. IS6110-PCR was positive in 92% of patients with culture-positive and 42% of patients with culture-negative probable TB meningitis. Among culture-negative patients, a positive PCR was associated with a history of TB treatment, a longer duration of illness, a higher CSF cell count and protein, and a lower CSF glucose. IS6110-PCR was negative in all CSF samples from non-meningitis control patients. CONCLUSIONS: Real time IS6110-PCR is a quick, sensitive, and specific test for diagnosing of TB meningitis in this setting. Its performance in other (less-developed settings needs further study.

  1. Meninges in cancer imaging.

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    Mahendru, G; Chong, V

    2009-10-02

    Primary malignant tumours arising from the meninges are distinctly uncommon, and when they occur, they are usually sarcomas. In contrast, metastatic meningeal involvement is increasingly seen as advances in cancer therapy have changed the natural history of malignant disease and prolonged the life span of cancer patients. The meninges can either be infiltrated by contiguous extension of primary tumours of the central nervous system, paranasal sinuses and skull base origin or can be diffusely infiltrated from haematogenous dissemination from distant primary malignancies. Imaging in these patients provides crucial information in planning management. This article reviews the pertinent anatomy that underlies imaging findings, discusses the mechanism of meningeal metastasis and highlights different imaging patterns of meningeal carcinomatosis and the pitfalls.

  2. Meningitis retention syndrome

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    Abhishek Krishna

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available A 50-year-old Caucasian woman presented with signs and symptoms of meningitis preceded by a 3 day history of flu-like symptoms and progressive difficulty with urination. Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF analysis was consistent with aseptic meningitis. She was found to have a significant urinary retention secondary to atonic bladder. MRI of the brain and spine were normal and CSF-PCR (polymerase chain reaction was positive for HSV-2. Urinary retention in the context of meningitis and CSF pleocytosis is known as Meningitis Retention Syndrome (MRS. MRS is a rare but important complication of meningitis most commonly associated with HSV-2. Involvement of central pathways may have a role in the pathogenesis of MRS but this is poorly documented. MRS is different from Elsberg syndrome wherein patients display features of lumbosacral polyradiculitis or radiculomyelitis. Early treatment with antiviral therapy was associated with a favorable outcome in our patient.

  3. Clinical features and risk factors analysis on 69 children of epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis%69例儿童流行性脑脊髓膜炎的临床特征及危险因素分析

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    郑祥; 林苗苗; 何时军

    2014-01-01

    Objective To improve the diagnosis and treatment of epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis in children.Methods A retrospective review was performed and a total of 69 cases of children epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis were collected and classified into ordinary and fulminant epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis from 1999 to 2011.Disease prevalent season,age,clinical characteristics,laboratory examination,treatment,prognosis and risk factors were analyzed.Results The mean age(33 male and 36 female) was (6.85 ±5.12)years old,ranging from 56 days to 15 years old.A total of 60 cases began on January to May; 6 cases began on June to October; 3 cases began on November to December.All of the 42 cases of ordinary epidemic meningitis were recovered; 7 cases of fulminant epidemic meningitis(n =27) were dead.All of the patients had fever; 64 cases(92.75%) had Petechiae petechial skin; 36 cases(52.17%) had headache; 49 cases(71.01%) vomited; 65 cases(94.2%) had positive neck resistance; 15 cases(21.74%) had convulsion; 35 cases(50.72%) had drowsiness or coma; 32 cases (46.38%) had positive pathological signs and 24 cases (34.78%) had low blood pressure or shock.Blood tests revealed that 63.77% of the patients leukocytes raised and 8.70% of the patients reduced; 42.03% of the patients platelet reduced; 55.07% of the patients had electrolyte disturbance and 89.86% of the patients had coagulation disorders,among which 46.38% fibrinogen reduced.The rash printed piece and cerebrospinal fluid smear tests found that Gram-negative bacteria positive rate were 12.5% and 19.35% respectively; the positive rate in bacterial culture of cerebrospinal fluid and blood culture were 12.90% and 7.25% respectively.Drug sensitive test showed that penicillin and ceftriaxone were sensitive to bacteria.The differences of age,leukocyte and platelet counts,fibrinogen and altered mental status between ordinary and fluminant epidemic meningitis were significant (P < 0

  4. Detection and DNA quantification of Enterococcus casseliflavus in a foal with septic meningitis.

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    Stefanetti, Valentina; Beccati, Francesca; Passamonti, Fabrizio; Sgariglia, Elisa; Coletti, Mauro; Vuerich, Matteo; Marenzoni, Maria Luisa

    2016-07-01

    CASE DESCRIPTION A 3-month-old 180-kg (396-lb) Hanoverian colt was examined because of fever, lethargy, inappetence, drooping of the left ear, and stiff neck posture. Initial treatment included empirical antimicrobial treatment and NSAIDs. CLINICAL FINDINGS Initial findings were consistent with CNS anomalies. Endoscopy revealed hyperemia, ecchymosis, and some mucopurulent exudate in the right guttural pouch. Hematologic findings were consistent with neutrophilic inflammation. On the third day of hospitalization, severe neurologic signs were observed. Computed tomography of the skull revealed a comminuted fracture of the axial aspect of the right mandibular condyle. Examination of CSF revealed turbidity, xanthochromia, and intracellular and extracellular cocci, consistent with septic meningitis. After DNA extraction from blood and CSF, sequenced products from a PCR assay for the bacterial 16S rRNA gene were 99% identical to Enterococcus casseliflavus. Microbial culture of CSF and blood samples yielded bacteria with Enterococcus spp morphology; antimicrobials were selected on the basis of susceptibility testing that identified the isolate as vancomycin resistant. A quantitative PCR assay was used to estimate Enterococcus DNA concentrations in CSF and blood. TREATMENT AND OUTCOME Treatment for E casseliflavus meningitis, including trimethoprim-sulfadiazine and ampicillin sodium administration, resulted in resolution of clinical signs. Culture of CSF and blood samples after 12 days of the targeted treatment yielded no growth. CLINICAL RELEVANCE To the authors' knowledge, this was the first report of E casseliflavus meningitis in a horse. Treatment was successful; vancomycin-resistant enterococci can be a clinical problem and may potentially be zoonotic.

  5. Real-time PCR for detection of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 in cerebrospinal fluid of human patients with meningitis

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    Nga, Tran Vu Thieu; Nghia, Ho Dang Trung; Tu, Le Thi Phuong; Diep, To Song; Mai, Nguyen Thi Hoang; Chau, Tran Thi Hong; Sinh, Dinh Xuan; Phu, Nguyen Hoan; Nga, Tran Thi Thu; Chau, Nguyen Van Vinh; Campbell, James; Hoa, Ngo Thi; Chinh, Nguyen Tran; Hien, Tran Tinh; Farrar, Jeremy; Schultsz, Constance

    2011-01-01

    Streptococcus suis serotype 2 is an emerging zoonotic pathogen and is the main cause of acute bacterial meningitis in adult patients in Vietnam. We developed an internally controlled real-time PCR for detection of S. suis serotype 2 in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples targeted at the cps2J gene. Sensitivity and specificity in culture-confirmed clinical samples were 100%. The PCR detected S. suis serotype 2 infection in 101 of 238 (42.4%) prospectively collected CSF samples, of which 55 (23%) were culture positive. Culture-negative but PCR-positive CSF samples were significantly associated with the use of antimicrobial agents before admission. S. suis serotype 2 infection was more common than infections with Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis combined. Our results strikingly illustrate the additional diagnostic value of PCR in patients who are pretreated with antimicrobial agents and demonstrate the extremely high prevalence of S. suis infections among Vietnamese adult patients with bacterial meningitis. PMID:21767702

  6. TB Meningitis in HIV-Positive Patients in Europe and Argentina: Clinical Outcome and Factors Associated with Mortality

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    Anne Marie W. Efsen

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    Full Text Available Objectives. The study aimed at describing characteristics and outcome of tuberculous meningitis (TBM in HIV-positive patients and comparing these parameters with those of extrapulmonary TB (TBEP and pulmonary TB (TBP. Methods. Kaplan-Meier estimation and Poisson regression models were used to assess the mortality following TB diagnosis and to evaluate potential prognostic factors for the 3 groups of TB patients separately. Results. A total of 100 patients with TBM, 601 with TBEP, and 371 TBP were included. Patients with TBM had lower CD4 cell counts and only 17.0% received antiretroviral therapy (ART at TB diagnosis. The cumulative probability of death at 12 months following TB was 51.2% for TBM (95% CI 41.4–61.6%, 12.3% for TBP (8.9–15.7%, and 19.4% for TBEP (16.1–22.6 (P<0.0001; log-rank test. For TBM, factors associated with a poorer prognosis were not being on ART (adjusted incidence rate ratio (aIRR 4.00 (1.72–9.09, a prior AIDS diagnosis (aIRR=4.82 (2.61–8.92, and receiving care in Eastern Europe (aIRR=5.41 (2.58–11.34. Conclusions. TBM among HIV-positive patients was associated with a high mortality rate, especially for patients from Eastern Europe and patients with advanced HIV-infection, which urgently calls for public health interventions to improve both TB and HIV aspects of patient management.

  7. Impact of bacteremia on the pathogenesis of experimental pneumococcal meningitis

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    Brandt, C.T.; Holm, D.; Liptrot, Matthew George

    2008-01-01

    , brain water distribution, and brain pathologic findings were analyzed using magnetic resonance morphological and functional imaging. Laboratory data and clinical disease scores were obtained. Results. Attenuation of the bacteremic component of pneumococcal meningitis improved clinical disease symptoms...

  8. Isolated Torticollis May Present as an Atypical Presentation of Meningitis

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    Roger Chirurgi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Bacterial meningitis is a life-threatening medical emergency that requires urgent diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis is infrequently missed if the patient presents with the classic symptoms of fever, headache, rash, nuchal rigidity, or Kernig or Brudzinski sign. However, it may be less obvious in neonates, elderly, or immunocompromised patients. Meningitis which presents as isolated torticollis, without any other signs or symptoms, is exceedingly rare. Objective. To identify an abnormal presentation of meningitis in an adult immunocompromised patient. Case Report. We present a case of an adult diabetic male who presented multiple times to the ED with complaint of isolated torticollis, who ultimately was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Conclusion. We propose that in the absence of sufficient explanation for acute painful torticollis in an immunocompromised adult patient, further evaluation, possibly including a lumbar puncture may be warranted.

  9. Clinical and Imaging Manifestation of 65 Cases of Tuberculosis Meningitis in Children%65例小儿结核性脑膜炎的临床表现

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    陈凤民; 任纯明

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical diagnosis method for pediatric tuberculosis meningitis. Methods Each patient underwent routine cerebrospinal fluid examination, PPD test, chest X - ray, CT or MRI, 11 patients underwent a mycobacterium tuberculosis - specific antigen ( ESAT -6) determination. Results PPD test had positive rate of 47. 9% and ESAT -6 test 81. 8% . While the rates of both the cerebrospinal fluid sugar and chloride reducing were 72. 3% . Rate of chest X ray abnormality were 32. 3% , and rates of head CT, MRI abnormalities were 75.4% and 100%. Conclusion The clinical manifestations of tuberculosis meningitis in children's diversity and the lack of specific screening method caused great difficulties for early diagnosis. Improved understanding of the disease, actively looking for evidence of TB infection, dynamic observation of cerebrospinal fluid and cranial CT, MRI changes, can improve the correct diagnosis of this disease, and is important for improring prognosis.%目的 探讨小儿结核性脑膜炎的临床诊断方法.方法 对每例患者常规做脑脊液检查、PPD试验、X线胸片、头颅CT或MRI,11例患者做了结核分枝杆菌特异性抗原(ESAT -6)测定.结果 PPD试验阳性率47.9%,ESAT -6试验阳性率81.8%,脑脊液糖和氯化物同时降低者72.3%,X线胸片异常率为32.3%,头颅CT、MRI异常率分别为75.4%、100%.结论 小儿结核性脑膜炎临床表现的多样性及缺乏特异性的检查方法,给早期诊断带来很大困难,提高对本病的认识,积极寻找结核感染的证据,动态观察脑脊液及头颅CT、MRI变化,可以提高本病的正确诊断率,对改善预后有重要意义.

  10. 隐球菌性脑膜炎患者颗粒溶素的表达及临床意义%Expression and clinical significance of granulysin in cryptococcal meningitis patients

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    李楠

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate expression and clinical significance of granulysin (GNLY) in cryptococcal meningitis patients. Methods There were 28 patients with cryptococcal meningitis as meningitis group, and another 28 healthy people as healthy people group. Mononuclear cell was separated from peripheral blood for detection of protein level by immunoblotting and mRNA content by fluorescence quantification. Relationship between protein level and other immunity indexes was analyzed in cryptococcal meningitis patients. Results Comparing with the healthy people group, the meningitis group had much lower GNLY protein and mRNA levels. The difference had statistical significance (P<0.05). Expression of GNLY protein in the meningitis group was positively correlated with serum interferon (IFN)-γ and immunoglobulin (Ig) G levles, and it was negatively correlated with interleukin (IL)-10 level. Conclusion Granulysin show direct influence on disease progression of cryptococcal meningitis, and detection of their contents provides theoretical basis for treatment.%目的:探讨隐球菌性脑膜炎患者颗粒溶素(GNLY)的表达和临床意义。方法选择28例隐球菌性脑膜炎患者作为脑膜炎组,另选同期进行健康检查的28例健康人作为健康人组,分离其外周血单个核细胞,并采用免疫印迹法检测其蛋白含量,再使用荧光定量法检测mRNA的含量,分析隐球菌性脑膜炎患者蛋白质含量与其他免疫指标的关系。结果和健康人组相比脑膜炎组GNLY蛋白、mRNA含量明显降低,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05);脑膜炎组患者的GNLY蛋白质的表达情况和血清中的干扰素(IFN)-γ、免疫球蛋白(Ig)G水平呈正相关,与白细胞介素(IL)-10水平呈负相关。结论颗粒溶素直接影响隐球菌性脑膜炎患者的病情发展,通过测定其水平可为患者的治疗提供理论依据。

  11. Epidemiology of meningitis in an HIV-infected Ugandan cohort.

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    Rajasingham, Radha; Rhein, Joshua; Klammer, Kate; Musubire, Abdu; Nabeta, Henry; Akampurira, Andrew; Mossel, Eric C; Williams, Darlisha A; Boxrud, Dave J; Crabtree, Mary B; Miller, Barry R; Rolfes, Melissa A; Tengsupakul, Supatida; Andama, Alfred O; Meya, David B; Boulware, David R

    2015-02-01

    There is limited understanding of the epidemiology of meningitis among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected populations in sub-Saharan Africa. We conducted a prospective cohort study of HIV-infected adults with suspected meningitis in Uganda, to comprehensively evaluate the etiologies of meningitis. Intensive cerebrospiral fluid (CSF) testing was performed to evaluate for bacterial, viral, fungal, and mycobacterial etiologies, including neurosyphilis,16s ribosomal DNA (rDNA) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for bacteria, Plex-ID broad viral assay, quantitative-PCR for HSV-1/2, cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and Toxoplasma gondii; reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) for Enteroviruses and arboviruses, and Xpert MTB/RIF assay. Cryptococcal meningitis accounted for 60% (188 of 314) of all causes of meningitis. Of 117 samples sent for viral PCR, 36% were EBV positive. Among cryptococcal antigen negative patients, the yield of Xpert MTB/RIF assay was 22% (8 of 36). After exclusion of cryptococcosis and bacterial meningitis, 61% (43 of 71) with an abnormal CSF profile had no definitive diagnosis. Exploration of new TB diagnostics and diagnostic algorithms for evaluation of meningitis in resource-limited settings remains needed, and implementation of cryptococcal diagnostics is critical.

  12. Meningitis admitted to a military hospital: a retrospective case series.

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    Harrell, Travis; Hammes, John S

    2012-10-01

    Meningitis is a common admission diagnosis. No case series or descriptive studies on meningitis have recently been published. Additionally, no recent data exist on meningitis in the U.S. Military Health System. We reviewed charts of adult patients admitted to Naval Medical Center San Diego between January 2004 and December 2008 with an admission diagnosis of meningitis. Charts were excluded if they did not meet our case definition of meningitis, if missing data, or if meningitis was nosocomial or iatrogenic. We reviewed results of cerebrospinal fluid cultures during this period. We compared rates and characteristics, and outcomes of bacterial and aseptic meningitis. Two hundred twenty-one cases met our criteria. Of these, 208 were aseptic. Cerebrospinal fluid polymerase chain reaction testing was positive for enteroviruses and herpes simplex viruses in 42 (20.2%) and 17 (8.2%) cases, respectively. Of culture/polymerase chain reaction/serologically positive cases, the pathogens were Neisseria meningitidis (3), Streptococcus pneumoniae (3), viridans streptococci (2), Cryptococcus neoformans (2), Coccidioides immitis (2), and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (1). Three patients had poor outcomes: one died from S. pneumoniae and two had long-term neurologic deficits. Meningitis is a common admission diagnosis, but serious virulent pathogens are uncommon and adverse outcomes are rare.

  13. [THE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF INFORMATION VALUE OF MAIN CLINICAL CRITERIA USED TO DIAGNOSE OF BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS].

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    Tsvetkova, A V; Murtazina, Z A; Markusheva, T V; Mavzutov, A R

    2015-05-01

    The bacterial vaginosis is one of the most frequent causes of women visiting gynecologist. The diagnostics of bacterial vaginosis is predominantly based on Amsel criteria (1983). Nowadays, the objectivity of these criteria is disputed more often. The analysis of excretion of mucous membranes of posterolateral fornix of vagina was applied to 640 women with clinical diagnosis bacterial vaginosis. The application of light microscopy to mounts of excretion confirmed in laboratory way the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis in 100 (15.63%) women. The complaints of burning and unpleasant smell and the Amsel criterion of detection of "key cells" against the background of pH > 4.5 were established as statistically significant for bacterial vaginosis. According study data, the occurrence of excretions has no statistical reliable obligation for differentiation of bacterial vaginosis form other inflammatory pathological conditions of female reproductive sphere. At the same time, detection of "key cells" in mount reliably correlated with bacterial vaginosis.

  14. Cryptococcal Neoformane Meningitis: A Retrospective Clinical Study%新型隐球菌性脑膜炎15例临床分析

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    丛树艳; 吕丹; 赵秀兰; 黄达; 佡剑非; 宋利春

    2012-01-01

    Objective To retrospectively analyze the clinical information of a series of patients with cryptococcal neoformans meningitis in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment level. Methods Fifteen patients with etiological diagnosis as cryptococcal neoformans meningitis from January 2004 to December 2009 in the Affiliated Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University were included in the study. The clinical manifestations, treatment and prognosis of those patients were retrospectively analyzed. Results Seven of the total 15 patients were misdiagnosed with misdiagnosis rate of 46.7%. Twelve patients were treated by combination of amphotericin B/Lipo-AMB and fluconazole intravenously infusion, and then followed by the maintenance therapy of fluconazole orally administration, of which 7 were cured, 3 were improved, and 2 died. Five patients undergoing lumbar cisterna drainage were all cured. The follow-up study showed that 4 cases were accompanied by auditory or/and visual dysfunction within 1 to 5 years after hospital discharge. Three cases died that were not treated with anti-fungal drugs. Conclusion The misdiagnosis rate of cryptococcal neoformans meningitis is high. The keys to reduce mortality are raising vigilance, early diagnosis, rational use of antifungal drugs, and effectively lowering the intracranial pressure. The integrated therapy of amphotericin B/Lipo-AMB and fluconazole is effective and safe. Lumbar cisterna drainage can effectively lower the intracranial hypertension, quickly relieve symptoms and improve prognosis.%目的 回顾性分析15例新型隐球菌性脑膜炎的临床资料,以提高对新型隐球菌性脑膜炎的诊治水平.方法 对2004~2009年期间在我院经临床和病原学确诊的15例新型隐球菌性脑膜炎患者的临床特征、治疗情况及转归进行回顾性分析.结果 15例患者中有7例曾被误诊,误诊率达46.7%.3例未应用抗真菌治疗患者全部死亡;其余12例患者首先联合应用两

  15. The Role of Cefotaxime Sodium on Clinical Pediatric Purulent Meningitis%头孢噻肟钠治疗小儿化脓性脑膜炎作用机制研究

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    王蕊艳; 谢基华

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To explore the role of Cefotaxime Sodium on pediatric purulent meningitis. Methods:From 2009 March to 2011 September in our hospital with admissions of children with bacterial and purulent meningitis in 79 cases, which is through the clinical presentation, examination of cerebrospinal fluid, brain CT and blood routine examination and other methods confirmed. According to the random number table:79 patients were randomly divided into two groups, namely of Ceftizoxime in the treatment group,Cefotaxime Sodium group, in addition the other children of the same age in 30 cases of healthy as a healthy control group. Through ELISA, fluorescence quantitative PCR assay and Western blot (Westerblot )method, before and after medication take a few therapy on inflammatory cytokine production in tumor necrosis factorα(TNF-α),interleukin 6 (IL-6),interleukin 1β( IL-1β) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9).Protein content and mRNA content determination. Analysis of related drugs to specific treatment mechanism. Results:The ELISA method results show compared to Ceftizoxime group, Cefotaxime Sodium group after treatment on inflammatory cytokine protein content decreased significantly (P<0.01),at the same time by fluorescence quantitative PCR assay results are consistent, with significant statistical difference (P<0.01).Through protein immunoblot assay for detection of MMP-9 protein content discovery, Ceftizoxime group after treatment did not significantly decreased, and Cefotaxime Sodium group after treatment, the MMP-9 protein content was lower, with significant statistical difference (P<0.01). Conclusion:According to the role of MMP-9 in the blood brain barrier, Kefalo drugs with MMP-9 level significantly reduced so as to improve the patients symptoms of meningitis, this thesis of the paper on pediatric bacterial and purulent meningitis pathogenesis can be as the theoretical basis and experimental base.%目的:探讨头孢噻肟钠(凯福隆)治疗小儿化脓性

  16. [Pneumococcal meningitis in France: age and medical risk factors in children].

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    Bingen, E; Lévy, C; De la Rocque, F; Boucherat, M; Aujard, Y; Cohen, R

    2005-07-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae (Sp) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality among paediatric infectious diseases. The aim of this study is to analyse specific data on Sp meningitis out of the Bacterial Meningitis (BM) French Surveillance Network about mean age of BM cases and clinical features. Overall 367 Sp BM were reported between January 2001 to January 2004 (sex ratio M/F: 1.3), 69.7% were pic at five months, data of the BM French Surveillance Network confirm the necessity of an early vaccination. The vaccine administration at two, three, four months with a booster during the second year, recommended in the vaccinal french calendar, seems particularly adapted to the Sp BM in France.

  17. Common pathogens and risk factors of hospital-acquired bacterial meningitis%医院获得性细菌性脑膜炎常见病原体及危险因素

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    田叶红; 陈佰义

    2012-01-01

    细菌性脑膜炎是常见的中枢神经系统感染,它分为社区和医院获得性细菌性脑膜炎( nosocomial bacterial meningitis,NBM),在发达国家成人中发病率为4/10万~6/10万[1].常见的感染原因是婴幼儿感染、局部流行和继发于中耳炎、肺炎、外伤、腰椎穿刺、脑脊液引流、神经外科手术.其中NBM是严重的医院感染,病死率高达35%[2],正严重威胁着人类的健康.NBM与社区获得性脑膜炎相比较有诸多不同点,如其起病更隐匿、病程更长、病原体更有可能是由耐药病原体引起[3-4].下面对NBM常见的病原体、危险因素等予以综述,希望给予医疗工作者关于NBM的治疗和医院感染控制提供参考.

  18. Treatment progress of nosocomial bacterial meningitis in neurosurgery%神经外科院内获得性细菌性脑膜炎的治疗进展

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    王柯; 高亮

    2015-01-01

    With high morbidity and mortality,nosocomial bacterial meningitis(NBM)is a kind of serious nosocomial infection.Post-neurosurgical patients are at a high risk of this infection andNBM in-creases hospital stay and medical expense obviously.In this article,we reviewed recent studiesonpathogen-esis,treatment,and research progress of NBM in neurosurgical patients,and presented unresolved ques-tions and research direction in the future.%院内获得性细菌性脑膜炎是一类严重的院内感染,具有高死亡率和致残率的特点。神经外科术后患者是院内获得性细菌性脑膜炎的高危人群,这一院内感染使得患者住院时间和医疗费用显著增加。本文回顾了近年来神经外科患者院内获得性细菌性脑膜炎的病因、治疗方案和研究进展,提出了尚未解决的问题和今后的研究方向。

  19. Three-year multicenter surveillance of community-acquired listeria monocytogenes meningitis in adults

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    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Listeria monocytogenes is the third most frequent cause of bacterial meningitis. The aim of this study is to know the incidence and risk factors associated with development of acute community-acquired Lm meningitis in adult patients and to evaluate the clinical features, management, and outcome in this prospective case series. Methods A descriptive, prospective, and multicentric study carried out in 9 hospitals in the Spanish Network for Research in Infectious Diseases (REIPI over a 39-month period. All adults patients admitted to the participating hospitals with the diagnosis of acute community-acquired bacterial meningitis (Ac-ABM were included in this study. All these cases were diagnosed on the basis of a compatible clinical picture and a positive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF culture or blood culture. The patients were followed up until death or discharge from hospital. Results Two hundred and seventy-eight patients with Ac-ABM were included. Forty-six episodes of Lm meningitis were identified in 46 adult patients. In the multivariate analysis only age (OR 1.026; 95% CI 1.00-1.05; p = 0.042, immunosupression (OR 2.520; 95% CI 1.05-6.00; p = 0.037, and CSF/blood glucose ratio (OR 39.42; 95% CI 4.01-387.50; p = 0.002 were independently associated with a Lm meningitis. The classic triad of fever, neck stiffness and altered mental status was present in 21 (49% patients, 32% had focal neurological findings at presentation, 12% presented cerebellum dysfunction, and 9% had seizures. Twenty-nine (68% patients were immunocompromised. Empirical antimicrobial therapy was intravenous ampicillin for 34 (79% of 43 patients, in 11 (32% of them associated to aminoglycosides. Definitive ampicillin plus gentamicin therapy was significantly associated with unfavourable outcome (67% vs 28%; p = 0.024 and a higher mortality (67% vs 32%; p = 0.040.The mortality rate was 28% (12 of 43 patients and 5 of 31 (16.1% surviving patients developed adverse

  20. Extensive Spinal Cord Injury following Staphylococcus aureus Septicemia and Meningitis

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    Nicolas De Schryver

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Bacterial meningitis is rarely complicated by spinal cord involvement in adults. We report a case of Staphylococcus aureus septicemia complicated by meningitis and extensive spinal cord injury, leading to ascending brain stem necrosis and death. This complication was investigated by magnetic resonance imaging which demonstrated intramedullary hyperintensity on T2-weighted images and by multimodality evoked potentials. Postmortem microscopic examination confirmed that the extensive spinal cord injury was of ischemic origin, caused by diffuse leptomeningitis and endarteritis.

  1. Rare Elizabethkingia meningosepticum meningitis case in an immunocompetent adult

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    Hayek, Salim S; Abd, Thura T; Cribbs, Sushma K; Anderson, Albert M; Melendez, Andre; Kobayashi, Miwako; Polito, Carmen; (Wayne) Wang, Yun F

    2013-01-01

    Though Elizabethkingia meningosepticum typically causes meningitis in neonates, its occurrence in adult is rare, with sixteen cases described worldwide. We report a case of E. meningosepticum meningitis in an immunocompetent adult. Bacterial identification was made a day earlier than conventional method by using matrix assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) Vitek mass spectrometry RUO (VMS), which resulted in successful treatment with rifampin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, levofloxacin and minocycline. PMID:26038458

  2. Kriptokokal meningitis: Aspek klinis dan diagnosis laboratorium

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    Efrida .

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstrak Kriptokokosis merupakan infeksi yang disebabkan oleh jamur Cryptococcus neoformans, infeksi ini secara luas ditemukan di dunia dan umumya dialami oleh penderita dengan sistem imun yang rendah. Munculan klinis terutama adalah meningitis dan meningoensefalitis yang dikenal dengan kriptokokal meningitis. Sejalan dengan infeksi HIV yang menjadi pandemi, kriptokokosis sebagai infeksi oportunistik juga semakin berkembang di dunia. Kriptokokal meningitis merupakan infeksi oportunistik kedua paling umum yang terkait dengan AIDS di Afrika dan Asia Selatan dengan kejadian kriptokokosis 15%-30% ditemukan pada pasien dengan AIDS. Tanpa pengobatan dengan antifungal yang spesifik, mortalitas dilaporkan 100% dalam dua minggu setelah munculan klinis kriptokokosis dengan meningoensefalitis pada populasi terinfeksi HIV. Di Indonesia, sebelum pandemi AIDS kasus kriptokokosis jarang dilaporkan. Sejak tahun 2004, seiring dengan pertambahan pasien terinfeksi HIV, Departemen Parasitologi FKUI mencatat peningkatan insidensi kriptokokal meningitis pada penderita AIDS yaitu sebesar 21,9%. Faktor yang terkait dengan virulensi Cryptococcus neoformans adalah adanya kapsul polisakarida, produksi melanin dan sifat thermotolerance. Imunitas yang dimediasi oleh sel memiliki peranan penting dalam pertahanan pejamu terhadap Cryptococcus. Pemeriksaan laboratorium penunjang untuk diagnosis adalah pemeriksaan mikroskopis langsung menggunakan tinta India, deteksi antigen, metode enzyme immunoassay, kultur, dan metode molekular. Kata kunci: kriptokokal meningitis, Cryptococcus neoformans,infeksi oportunistik Abstract Cryptococcosis is an infection caused by Cryptococcus neoformans, that is widely found worldwide and generally experienced by patients with immunodeficiency. Meningitis and meningoencephalitis is the major clinical symptoms in cryptococcal meningitis. Coincide with the pandemic of HIV infection, cryptococcosis as an opportunistic infection is also growing in the

  3. Clinical analysis of diabetic ketoacidosis complicating tuberculous meningitis%糖尿病酮症酸中毒合并结核性脑膜炎临床分析

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    刘旭东; 陈艳; 张紫寅; 唐建建

    2013-01-01

    Objective To summarize the clinical features of diabetic ketoacidosis complicating tuberculosis meningitis. Methods The clinical data of 13 cases of diabetic ketoacidosis complicating tuberculous meningitis was retrospectively analyzed, and the clinical features were summarized. Results Five patients were cured, six suffered recurrence, and two died. The mortality rate was 15.38%. Conclusion The early diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis complicating tuberculosis meningitis is very difficult. If neurological function damage appears or aggravates, this disease should be highly suspected, and early treatment can significantly improve the prognosis.%目的 总结糖尿病酮症酸中毒合并结核性脑膜炎的临床特点.方法 回顾性分析13 例糖尿病酮症酸中毒合并结核性脑膜炎的临床资料和影像学资料,并对其进行归纳总结.结果 治愈5 例,病情反复6 例,死亡2 例,病死率约15.38%.结论 糖尿病酮症酸中毒合并结核性脑膜炎早期诊断困难,若糖尿病酮症酸中毒患者出现神经功能损害时,应高度警惕此病的存在,早期治疗能明显改善预后.

  4. Experience of Clinical Nursing for Viral Meningitis With Symptomatic Epilepsy%探讨病毒性脑膜炎合并症状性癫痫的临床护理体会

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    蒋艳秋

    2015-01-01

    目的:对病毒性脑膜炎合并癫痫患者的临床护理方式进行探讨分析。方法2010~2012年我院对31例病毒性脑膜炎合并癫痫患者进行了研究分析,为患者进行临床护理方式研究,采取腰椎穿刺、特殊用药等护理。结果全部患者中有2例放弃治疗,5例治愈,24例好转。结论病毒性脑膜炎合并癫痫患者接受有效的护理可以对病情起到较好的改善效果。%ObjectiveTo investigated the clinical nursing method in patients with viral meningitis and epilepsy.Methods From 2010 to 2012 31 cases of viral meningitis complicated with epilepsy patients in our hospital were studied, patients for clinical nursing research, take the lumbar puncture, special medication nursing.Results 2 patients gave up, 5 patients were cured, 24 patients improved.ConclusionThe clinical viral meningitis patients with epilepsy received effective nursing can have better improvement effect.

  5. MR of childhood tuberculous meningitis

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    Schoeman, J.; Donald, P.; Hewlett, R.

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    MR imaging was performed on 27 children with stage II-III tuberculous meningitis for the specific purpose of examining the brainstem, as well as comparison with other CT features of the disease. In addition to defining the ischemic disturbances of basal ganglia and diencephalon more clearly, MR also demonstrates the frequent occurrence of parenchymal signal abnormalities in the brainstem and adjacent temporal lobes, which are invisible or uncertain on CT. Although the presence of brainstem abnormalities on MR correlated well with clinical findings of brainstem dysfunction, clinical staging on admission remains the best prognostic indicator in advanced TBM. We also review the MR features of basal exudation, hydrochephalus and tuberculoma.

  6. A Bacterial Analysis Platform: An Integrated System for Analysing Bacterial Whole Genome Sequencing Data for Clinical Diagnostics and Surveillance

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    Thomsen, Martin Christen Frølund; Ahrenfeldt, Johanne; Bellod Cisneros, Jose Luis;

    2016-01-01

    web-based tools we developed a single pipeline for batch uploading of whole genome sequencing data from multiple bacterial isolates. The pipeline will automatically identify the bacterial species and, if applicable, assemble the genome, identify the multilocus sequence type, plasmids, virulence genes...... and made publicly available, providing easy-to-use automated analysis of bacterial whole genome sequencing data. The platform may be of immediate relevance as a guide for investigators using whole genome sequencing for clinical diagnostics and surveillance. The platform is freely available at: https......Recent advances in whole genome sequencing have made the technology available for routine use in microbiological laboratories. However, a major obstacle for using this technology is the availability of simple and automatic bioinformatics tools. Based on previously published and already available...

  7. 脑膜淋巴瘤的临床脑脊液细胞学分析%Clinical Analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid Cytology Meningeal Lymphoma

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    梅晓雷

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical symptoms of meningeal lymphoma, diagnosis and analysis of effect of cerebrospinal lfuid cytology of leptomeningeal lymphoma. Methods To analysis of cerebrospinal fluid meningeal lymphoma patients were observed in 17 patients in our hospital, its number is 1~17. Cerebrospinal lfuid cytology, immunocytochemistry methods about 17 cases of meningeal lymphoma patients were detected and analysis of lfow cytometry. Results The results showed t hat the CSF of 17 patients with lymphoma cells or variant lymphocyte. By immunocytochemical detection technology of 7 patients with CSF in many cells in B cell markers. Most of these cells showed CD34 positive 3 patients, 5 patients with CD20 positive cells increased signiifcantly, majority of the cells in 11 patients showed CD19 negative and CD20 negative patients, cerebrospinal lfuid within the cells showed CD4 and CD8 negative or very few cells positive. By lfow cytometry analysis obtains, abnormal clonal B cells in cerebrospinal lfuid of 13 patients and 17 patients. Cerebrospinal lfuid of 6 patients with viral encephalitis patients and 6 cases of patients with inlfammatory demyelinating disease of the cerebrospinal lfuid cell analysis, which has less than 7% of CD19 cells were positive, the majority of cells positive for CD8 and CD4. Conclusion The diagnosis of meningeal lymphoma mainly rely on cerebrospinal lfuid cytology, also has an important signiifcance in diagnosis of meningeal lymphoma immunocytochemistry, lfow cytometry analysis diagnosis technology can also help leptomeningeal lymphoma.%目的:探讨脑膜淋巴瘤的临床症状,分析脑脊液细胞学对脑膜淋巴瘤的诊断效果。方法对在我院收治的17例脑膜淋巴瘤患者进行脑脊液分析观察,将其编号为1~17号。利用脑脊液细胞学技术、免疫细胞化学方法以及流式细胞分析术对此17例脑膜淋巴瘤患者进行检测及分析。结果结果显示17例患者的脑脊液中

  8. Diagnostic value of cerebrospinal fluid lactate for bacterial meningitis after neurosurgical procedure: a meta-analysis%脑脊液乳酸对神经外科术后细菌性脑膜炎诊断价值的Meta分析

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    肖雄; 张扬; 张力伟; 季楠

    2016-01-01

    目的 系统评价脑脊液乳酸对神经外科术后细菌性脑膜炎的诊断价值.方法 检索PubMed、EBSCO、Cochrane Library、Clinical Trials数据库中有关脑脊液乳酸浓度对神经外科术后细菌性脑膜炎诊断价值的文献,检索时间均从数据库建立至2014年12月.采用诊断性试验准确性质量评价工具(QUADAS)评价纳入文献的质量,应用Meta-DiSc 1.4及Review Manager 5.3等软件对纳入的文献进行分析,并绘制森林图和受试者工作特征曲线(ROC)曲线.结果 共检索文献1 471篇,根据纳入标准筛选出5篇(404例)文献.其中前瞻性研究4项,回顾性研究1项.随机效应模型合并统计显示,脑脊液乳酸对神经外科术后细菌性脑膜炎诊断的敏感度为0.92(95%CI:0.85 ~ 0.96,I2 =0.0%,P=0.6699),特异性为0.88(95% CI:0.84~0.92,,=79.5%,P=0.0006),阳性似然比为7.70(95% CI:3.94 ~ 15.05,I2=59.5%,P=0.0428),阴性似然比为0.11(95% CI:0.06 ~0.19,I2 =0%,P=0.8504),诊断优势比为83.09(95% CI:36.83 ~ 187.46,I2=1.8%,P=0.3960),ROC曲线下面积(AUC)=0.9601(Q*=0.9046).结论 Meta分析显示,脑脊液乳酸浓度对神经外科术后细菌性脑膜炎的诊断具有较高的敏感度和特异性,具有较好的诊断效能.%Objective To systematically evaluate the diagnostic value of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) lactate for bacterial meningitis after neurosurgical procedure.Methods The literature about the diagnostic value of cerebrospinal fluid lactate concentration for bacterial meningitis after neurosurgical procedure were retrieved from PubMed,EBSCO,Cochrane Library,and ClinicalTrials database.The retrieval time was from the establishment of the databases to December 2014.A tool for the quality assessment of studies of diagnostic accuracy (QUADAS) was used to evaluate the quality of the included literature.The Meta-DiSc 1.4 and Review Manager 5.3 softwares were used to analyze the included literature;and the Forest plots and receiver

  9. Genotype and mating type distribution within clinical Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii isolates from patients with cryptococcal meningitis in Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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    Mora, Delio José; Pedrosa, André Luiz; Rodrigues, Virmondes; Leite Maffei, Claudia Maria; Trilles, Luciana; Dos Santos Lazéra, Márcia; Silva-Vergara, Mario León

    2010-06-01

    We molecularly characterized 81 cryptococcal isolates recovered from cerebrospinal fluid samples of 77 patients diagnosed between 1998 and 2007 as having cryptococcal meningitis in Uberaba Minas Gerais, Brazil. Fifty-seven (74%) were male with a mean age 35.6 years. Seventy-two (88.9%) of the isolates were from 68 AIDS patients and cryp-tococcosis was the first AIDS-defining condition in 38 (55.9%) patients. Cryptococcosis and AIDS were simultaneously diagnosed in 25 (65.8%) of these 38 patients. Genotypes were characterized through the use of URA5 restriction fragment length polymorphisms analysis, the genetic variability was determined using PCR-fingerprinting with the minisatellite-specific primer M13, and the mating type and serotypes were established by PCR. Seventy-six of the 81 isolates were Cryptococcus neoformans (93.8%), while the remaining five were C. gattii (6.1%), but all were mating type alpha. C. neoformans isolates were genotype VNI (serotype A), while C. gattii isolates were VGII. Four of the latter isolates were identical, but only two were from AIDS patients. Six of the nine isolates from non-AIDS patients were VNI. PCR fingerprints of the isolates from two of the three AIDS patients with clinical relapse were 100% identical. The predominance of VNI and mating type alpha is in accordance with data from other parts of the world. The occurrence of VGII in Minas Gerais indicates a geographical expansion within Brazil.

  10. 结核性脑膜炎实验室检测新进展的临床评价%Tuberculous meningitis clinical laboratory evaluation of new developments

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    王智存; 白广红; 王新宏; 李养群; 李晓晓

    2016-01-01

    Objective Evaluation of modified acid‐fast staining ,Xpert M TB /RIF and T‐spot・TB clinical value in the early di‐agnosis of tuberculous meningitis fast (TBM ) in .Methods Select 54 cases diagnosed tuberculous meningitis and 34 cases of non‐tuberculous meningitis patients ,using modified acid‐fast staining and Xpert MTB /RIF detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in cerebrospinal fluid ,detecting tuberculosis infection T cell spot test (T‐spot・TB) and venous effector T lymphocytes produced by Mycobacterium tuberculosis specific antigen stimulation .Results Modified acid‐fast staining positive rate of 72 .2% (39/54) ,Xpert MTB /RIF test positive rate of 16 .7% (9/54) ,T‐spot・TB sensitivity of 83 .3% (45/54) and a specificity of 70 .6% ( 24/34) , 81 .8% positive predictive value ,negative predictive value of 72 .7% ,combined detection can improve the sensitivity .Conclusion Modified acid‐fast staining of cerebrospinal fluid is simple ,fast ,Xpert M TB /RIF can be quickly detected rifampicin cases ,T‐spot・TB high sensitivity ,have diagnostic value .TBM combined detection can improve the diagnostic sensitivity and timeliness .%目的:评价改良抗酸染色、Xpert M TB/RIF和T‐spot・TB在快速早期诊断结核性脑膜炎(TBM )中的临床价值。方法选取54例确诊结脑和34例非结脑患者,采用改良抗酸染色和Xpert M TB/RIF检测脑脊液中结核分枝杆菌,用结核感染 T细胞斑点实验(T‐spot・TB)检测静脉血中结核杆菌特异性抗原刺激后产生的效应 T淋巴细胞数量。结果改良抗酸染色检测阳性率72.2%(39/54),Xpert MTB/RIF检测阳性率16.7%(9/54),T‐spot・TB敏感性83.3%(45/54),特异性70.6%(24/34),阳性预测值81.8%,阴性预测值72.7%,三项联合检测可提高灵敏性。结论脑脊液改良抗酸染色检测简单、快速,Xpert M TB/RIF可及时检测利福平耐药情况,T

  11. Viral meningitis and encephalitis.

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    Tuppeny, Misti

    2013-09-01

    Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, whereas encephalitis is inflammation of the parenchymal brain tissue. The single distinguishing element between the 2 diagnoses is the altered state of consciousness, focal deficits, and seizures found in encephalitis. Consequently meningoencephalitis is a term used when both findings are present in the patient. Viral meningitis is not necessarily reported as it is often underdiagnosed, whereas encephalitis cases are on the increase in various areas of North America. Improved imaging and viral diagnostics, as well as enhanced neurocritical care management, have improved patient outcomes to date.

  12. Correlation Between the Clinical Diagnosis of Bacterial Vaginosis and the Results of a Proline Aminopeptidase Assay

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    Full Text Available Objective: The object of this study was to develop a simple and inexpensive test for detection of bacterial vaginosis (BV in pregnant patients and to test its accuracy in a clinic population.

  13. 新生儿不典型化脓性脑膜炎26例临床特点回顾性分析%Retrospective Analysis of Clinical Characteristics of 26 Cases with Atypical Purulent Meningitis in Newborns

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    张娜娜

    2016-01-01

    目的 探究26例新生儿不典型化脓性脑膜炎临床特点. 方法 整群选取回顾性分析该院2013年2月—2015年4月收治的26例罕见性新生儿不典型化脓性脑膜炎临床资料,分析患儿发病时临床表现、诊断方法、治疗方法及治疗效果等. 结果 新生儿不典型化脓性脑膜炎发病初期临床症状不明显,实验室检查一般难以作出正确的诊断,脑脊液检查结果和典型的化脓性脑膜炎有较大的差异,临床诊断该病难度较大;患儿经抗感染、降颅压、肾上腺素、抗惊厥等对症治疗以后,患儿均治愈出院,无死亡病例,治疗后出现神经系统后遗症3例,其中合并硬膜下积液1例,癫痫1例. 结论 新生儿不典型化脓性脑膜炎临床症状不典型,容易出现误诊、漏诊,研究清楚新生儿不典型化脓性脑膜炎临床特点,可为临床诊断、治疗提供可靠依据,以提升治疗治疗效果,降低死亡率,改善患儿预后.%Objective To discuss the clinical characteristics of 26 cases with Atypical purulent meningitis in newborns. Methods The clinical materials of 26 cases with rare atypical purulent meningitis in newborns treated in our hospital from February 2013 to April 2015 were retrospectively analyzed and the clinical performance, diagnostic method, treatment method and treatment effect of the patients were analyzed. Results The clinical symptoms of atypical purulent meningitis in newborns at the initial stage were not obvious, the correct diagnosis was difficult to be made by laboratory examination, the difference in cerebrospinal fluid examination results between atypical purulent meningitis in newborns and typical purulent meningitis, the difficulty in the clinical diagnosis of the disease was big; after the symptomatic treatments of anti-infection, lowering intracranial pressure, adrenaline and anticonvulsants, all patients were cured and discharged without death cases, after treatment, 3 cases were with

  14. The Role of Vancomycin on Meningitis

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    Ahmed I. Shatat and P.I.C.U team

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    Conclusion: After the previous discussion of the results obtained from this study, the researchers concluded that most of the cases diagnosed meningitis was aseptic and there was no need for antibiotics. Also in those who diagnosed as bacterial vancomycin was not essential in all cases, this confirmed by the absence of any differences in the outcome. [Cukurova Med J 2014; 39(3.000: 501-511

  15. Meningitis and Encephalitis

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    ... meningitis include varicella zoster (the virus that causes chicken pox and can appear decades later as shingles), ... The individual will most often be placed on antibiotics and an antiviral drug while awaiting the final ...

  16. Clinical characteristics and prognostic impact of bacterial infection in hospitalized patients with alcoholic liver disease.

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    Park, Jin Kyoung; Lee, Chang Hun; Kim, In Hee; Kim, Seon Min; Jang, Ji Won; Kim, Seong Hun; Kim, Sang Wook; Lee, Seung Ok; Lee, Soo Teik; Kim, Dae-Ghon

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    Bacterial infection is an important cause of death in patients with liver cirrhosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical characteristics and prognostic impact of bacterial infection in hospitalized patients with alcoholic liver disease (ALD). We retrospectively analyzed data from 409 patients consecutively admitted to a tertiary referral center with ALD diagnosis. Of a total of 544 admissions, 133 (24.4%) cases presented with bacterial infection, of which 116 were community-acquired whereas 17 were hospital-acquired. The common types of infection were pneumonia (38%), biliary tract infection (17%), soft tissue infection (12%), and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (9%). Diabetes, serum Na patients with ALD. Overall 30-day and 90-day mortalities in patients with bacterial infection were significantly (P patients with ALD. A thorough evaluation at admission or on clinical deterioration is required to detect possible infection with prompt management.

  17. Primary Meningeal Rhabdomyosarcoma

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    Primary meningeal rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare primary brain malignancy, with scant case reports. While most reports of primary intracranial rhabdomyosarcoma occur in pediatric patients, a handful of cases in adult patients have been reported in the medical literature. We report the case of a 44-year-old male who developed primary meningeal rhabdomyosarcoma. After developing episodes of right lower extremity weakness, word finding difficulty, and headaches, a brain magnetic resonance imagin...

  18. Value of clinical and laboratory features in diagnosis of adult tuberculous meningitis%基本临床及实验室资料在成人结核性脑膜炎中的诊断价值

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    陆正齐; 吕科峰; 鲍健; 卢次勇; 胡学强

    2010-01-01

    Objective To create a simple differential diagnostic rule for tuberculous meningitis and cryptococcal meningitis in adults on the basis of basic clinical and laboratory features. Methods We compared the clinical and laboratory features of 219 adults admitted to our hospital during the period of 2000-2008; these patients satisfied the diagnostic criteria for tuberculous meningitis (n=100) and cryptococcal meningitis (n=119). Multivariate logistic regression analysis was employed to find the risk factors those could independently predict the tuberculous meningitis,so that the diagnostic rule could be created. Results Six risk factors those could independently predict the tuberculous meningitis were found, including gender, mind disorder, vision and/or hearing damage, amount of cerebrospinal fluid protein, total cerebrospinal fluid white-cell count and combination with periphery tuberculosis. A diagnostic rule developed from these features enjoyed a 78.0% sensitivity, a 95.2% specificity, a 92.9% positive predictive value and a 84.4% negative predictive value. Conclusion Simple clinical and laboratory features can help in the differential diagnosis between adult tuberculous meningitis and cryptococcal meningitis, which can be applied in primary hospital with limited microbiological resources.%目的 以基本的临床及实验室资料为基础寻找成人结核性脑膜炎和新型隐球菌性脑膜炎的鉴别点,并建立相应诊断规则.方法 实验对象为中山大学附属第三医院2000年~2008连续住院的成人患者,包括100例结核性脑膜炎患者及119例新型隐球菌性脑膜炎患者,并分析其基本的临床及实验室资料.运用logistic回归分析寻找可独立预测结核性脑膜炎的危险因素,并建立相应的诊断规则.结果 Logistic回归分析得出六项可独立预测结核性脑膜炎的危险因素:性别、神志改变、视听损害、脑脊液蛋白、脑脊液白细胞数及合并颅外结核.利用上述因

  19. Non-Type B Haemophilus Influenzae Meningitis: A Case Report

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    Full Text Available Haemophilus influenza is one of the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in children. H.influenzae, especially type b (Hib serotype causes invasive infections in children under five years of age. The widespread use of Hib conjugate vaccines has led to a dramatic decline in the incidence of invasive Hib infections. But, the invasive diseases are still reported, particularly nontypeable H. influenzae (noncapsulated remain as an important pathogen. However, there is no evidence that nontypeable H. influenzae infections have increased in frequency. Nontypeable H. Ižnfluenzae serotype is encountered as a cause of acute bacterial meningitis among all ages. In this paper, we present to draw attention to the causative bacterium, in a case of bacterial meningitis caused by nontypeable H. influenzae infection in a child immunized with Hib vaccine.

  20. EDA-containing fibronectin levels in the cerebrospinal fluid of children with meningitis.

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    Pupek, Małgorzata; Jasonek, Jolanta; Kątnik-Prastowska, Iwona

    2013-01-01

    Fibronectin containing an alternatively spliced extra domain A (EDA-FN) participates in diverse biological cell functions, being also directly or indirectly engaged during an inflammatory response to brain injury and/or neuron regeneration. We analyzed FN and EDA-FN isoform levels by ELISA in 85 cerebrospinal fluid samples and 67 plasma samples obtained from children suffering from bacterial or viral meningitis and non-meningitis peripheral inflammation. We have found that the cerebrospinal level of EDA-FN was significantly lower in the bacterial meningitis group than in the viral- and non-meningitis groups. In the patients' plasma, EDA-FN was almost undetectable. The determination of fibronectin containing the EDA segment might be considered as an additional diagnostic marker of bacterial meningitis in children.

  1. Diversity of Human Vaginal Bacterial Communities and Associations with Clinically Defined Bacterial Vaginosis▿ †

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    Oakley, Brian B.; Fiedler, Tina L.; Marrazzo, Jeanne M.; Fredricks, David N.

    2008-01-01

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common syndrome associated with numerous adverse health outcomes in women. Despite its medical importance, the etiology and microbial ecology of BV remain poorly understood. We used broad-range PCR to census the community structure of the healthy and BV-affected vaginal microbial ecosystems and synthesized current publicly available bacterial 16S rRNA gene sequence data from this environment. The community of vaginal bacteria detected in subjects with BV was much more taxon rich and diverse than in subjects without BV. At a 97% sequence similarity cutoff, the number of operational taxonomic units (OTUs) per patient in 28 subjects with BV was nearly three times greater than in 13 subjects without BV: 14.8 ± 0.7 versus 5.2 ± 0.75 (mean ± standard error). OTU-based analyses revealed previously hidden diversity for many vaginal bacteria that are currently poorly represented in GenBank. Our sequencing efforts yielded many novel phylotypes (123 of our sequences represented 38 OTUs not previously found in the vaginal ecosystem), including several novel BV-associated OTUs, such as those belonging to the Prevotella species complex, which remain severely underrepresented in the current NCBI database. Community composition was highly variable among subjects at a fine taxonomic scale, but at the phylum level, Actinobacteria and Bacteroidetes were strongly associated with BV. Our data describe a previously unrecognized extent of bacterial diversity in the vaginal ecosystem. The human vagina hosts many bacteria that are only distantly related to known species, and subjects with BV harbor particularly taxon-rich and diverse bacterial communities. PMID:18487399

  2. Diversity of human vaginal bacterial communities and associations with clinically defined bacterial vaginosis.

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    Oakley, Brian B; Fiedler, Tina L; Marrazzo, Jeanne M; Fredricks, David N

    2008-08-01

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common syndrome associated with numerous adverse health outcomes in women. Despite its medical importance, the etiology and microbial ecology of BV remain poorly understood. We used broad-range PCR to census the community structure of the healthy and BV-affected vaginal microbial ecosystems and synthesized current publicly available bacterial 16S rRNA gene sequence data from this environment. The community of vaginal bacteria detected in subjects with BV was much more taxon rich and diverse than in subjects without BV. At a 97% sequence similarity cutoff, the number of operational taxonomic units (OTUs) per patient in 28 subjects with BV was nearly three times greater than in 13 subjects without BV: 14.8 +/- 0.7 versus 5.2 +/- 0.75 (mean +/- standard error). OTU-based analyses revealed previously hidden diversity for many vaginal bacteria that are currently poorly represented in GenBank. Our sequencing efforts yielded many novel phylotypes (123 of our sequences represented 38 OTUs not previously found in the vaginal ecosystem), including several novel BV-associated OTUs, such as those belonging to the Prevotella species complex, which remain severely underrepresented in the current NCBI database. Community composition was highly variable among subjects at a fine taxonomic scale, but at the phylum level, Actinobacteria and Bacteroidetes were strongly associated with BV. Our data describe a previously unrecognized extent of bacterial diversity in the vaginal ecosystem. The human vagina hosts many bacteria that are only distantly related to known species, and subjects with BV harbor particularly taxon-rich and diverse bacterial communities.

  3. 系统性红斑狼疮合并隐球菌脑膜炎15例临床分析%Clinical analysis of 15 cases of cryptococcal meningitis in systemic lupus erythemtosus

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    梁碧琴; 陆绍强; 朱征西; 陆锋灵; 农聪

    2011-01-01

    目的 了解系统性红斑狼疮(SLE)合并隐球菌脑膜炎患者的临床特点及相关危险因素.方法 采用回顾性分析方法,通过单因素和多因素Logistic回归方法对15例SLE合并隐球菌脑膜炎患者的病例资料进行分析.结果 SLE合并隐球菌脑膜炎患者以发热、头痛为常见临床表现;脑脊液压力多显著升高;脑脊液系列生化检查及头颅影像学检查呈非特异性表现;确诊需要脑脊液墨汁染色涂片或培养发现隐球菌.多因素分析表明激素冲击治疗、高龄、应用广谱抗生素、住院时间延长、SLE病情活动性与隐球菌脑膜炎的发生密切相关(P<0.05).结论 SLE患者合并隐球菌脑膜炎临床表现不典型,特殊治疗方法、病情活动以及抗生素的不合理应用是其发病的主要危险因素.%Objective To explore the clinic features and risk factors for cryptococcal meningitis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).Methods The retrospective study was performed.Single-factor and multi-factor logistic regression analysis was conducted to analyze the clinic data in patients with SLE.Results The most common symptom of cryptococcal meningitis were fever and headache.The pressure of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was much higher.The laboratory findings, CT and MRI were non-specific.Multffactor analysis showed that methylprednisolone pulse, age, application of broad spectrum antibiotic, prolonged time of hospitalization and disease activity were closely related with cryptococcal meningitis( P < 0.05 ).Conclusion The clinical manifestation of cryptococcal meningitis may be atypical.Special therapy, disease activity and unreasonable application of antibiotic have a direct relationship with cryptococcal meningitis in SLE patients.

  4. Diagnostic value of soluble CD163 serum levels in patients suspected of meningitis: comparison with CRP and procalcitonin

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    Knudsen, Troels Bygum; Larsen, Klaus; Kristiansen, Thomas Birk;

    2007-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate and compare the diagnostic value of sCD163 serum levels with CRP and PCT in meningitis and bacterial infection. An observational cohort study was conducted between February 2001 and February 2005. The study population comprised 55 patients suspected......-operating characteristic AUCs (areas under curves). Patients were classified by 2 sets of diagnostic criteria into: A) purulent meningitis, serous meningitis or non-meningitis, and B) systemic bacterial infection, local bacterial infection or non-bacterial disease. An elevated serum level of sCD163 was the most specific...... infection, the AUC of sCD163 (0.83) did not differ significantly from those of CRP or PCT. All markers had AUCs meningitis and other conditions. In conclusion, CRP and PCT had high diagnostic value and were superior as markers of bacterial infection compared to s...

  5. A first meningococcal meningitis case caused by serogroup Ⅹ Neisseria meningitidis strains in China

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    CHEN Chao; UANG Ying-chun; ZHANG Tie-gang; HE Jing-guo; WU Jiang; CHEN Li-juan; LIU Jun-feng; PANG Xing-huo; YANG Jie; SHAO Zhu-jun

    2008-01-01

    @@ Neisseria meningitidis is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis and classified into 13 serogroups based on the immunological reactivity of the capsular polysaccharide.1 Serogroups A,B,C,W135 and Y are the most common causes of meningitis.2

  6. Detection of acute childhood meningitis by PCR, culture and agglutination tests in Tabriz, Iran.

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    Ghotaslou, Reza; Farajnia, Safar; Yeganeh, Fatemeh; Abdoli-Oskouei, Shahram; Ahangarzadeh Rezaee, Mohammad; Barzegar, Mohammad

    2012-01-01

    Meningitis is one of the hazardous and life threatening infections and is associated with mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was to determine etiological agents of childhood bacterial meningitis. The culture, Gram staining, agglutination and PCR assays were used to examine CSF specimens from 277 patients with presumed bacterial meningitis for the occurrence of 4 most common infectious agents consist of N. meningitis, H. influnsae, S. pneumoniae and S. agalactiae between 2008 and 2009 at different wards of the Children Hospital of Tabriz. The mean age of patients was 35 ± 2 (Mean ± SEM) month, (minimum 11 days maximum 14 years), of all cases 59.6% male and 40.4% female. Overall the diagnosis was confirmed with a CSF culture in 11/277 (3.97%), by agglutination test in 14/277 (5.05%). The isolated bacteria included S. pneumoniae 5 cases, H. influnsae 2 cases, N. meningitis 3 cases and P. aeroginusae 1 case. A positive PCR assay allowed us to diagnose bacterial meningitis in 19 patients (6.8%). In the present study, we found PCR to be a useful and sensitive method for the detection of bacterial DNA in the CSF samples from suspected meningitis patients. Furthermore, to maximize management of meningitis cases, a combination of culture and PCR is necessary.

  7. CT finding of cryptococcal meningitis

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    Takahashi, Y.; Sato, H.; Ueda, M.; Ito, K.; Matsuoka, T. (Ohkawara Neurosurgical Hospital, Muroran (Japan))

    1981-08-01

    We have experienced 14 cases of cryptococcal meningitis in the last 6 years. Their neurological signs, CT findings, and prognoses were studied. They fall into three types: the brain-stem-encephalitis type, the cortical-encephalitis type, and the meningitis type, according to the clinical course. The first type (6 cases) revealed mainly cerebellar signs, eye-movement damage, and so forth. The second type (5 cases) demonstrated ''Personality'' changes, chiefly aphasia. The third type (5 cases) did not show any focal signs. Prognosis of the brain-stem-encephalitis type was very poor, with a 50% mortality rate. In the survivors, also, clinical signs did not disappear for a long time. Repeated CT was performed in 13 among the 14 cases; abnormal CT findings were revealed in 5 cases because of cryptococcal infection. Granuloma shadow and ventriculitis shadow were observed in 3 cases each. These abnormal findings disappeared upon treatment except in one case. The clinical signs are not completely related with the CT finding, but it is useful that the site which has been infiltrated by the cryptococcus can be observed. Abnormal CT findings were observed in the 4 cases of the brain-stem-encephalitis type among the 5 abnormal cases. It is very useful to know the severity of the condition.

  8. Two cases of rheumatoid meningitis.

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    Magaki, Shino; Chang, Edward; Hammond, Robert R; Yang, Isaac; Mackenzie, Ian R A; Chou, Benedict T; Choi, Soo I; Jen, Joanna C; Pope, Whitney B; Bell, David A; Vinters, Harry V

    2016-02-01

    Central nervous system (CNS) involvement by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in the form of rheumatoid meningitis (RM) is rare and most commonly occurs in the setting of longstanding severe RA. Due to a wide range of clinical presentations and nonspecific laboratory findings, it presents a diagnostic challenge often requiring brain biopsy. Only a few histopathologically confirmed cases have been described in the literature. Our aim is to describe two cases of RM and review the literature. The first case is of a previously healthy 37-year-old man who presented with severe headaches and focal neurologic deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated abnormal leptomeningeal enhancement in the left frontal and parietal sulci. The second case is of a 62-year-old woman with a history of mild chronic joint pain who presented with confusion, personality changes and seizures. Both patients ultimately underwent brain biopsy which demonstrated RM on pathologic examination. Administration of corticosteroids resulted in significant clinical improvement in both cases. To our knowledge, our unusual case of RM in the young man is the fifth reported case of rheumatoid meningitis in a patient with no prior history of RA. Such an atypical presentation makes diagnosis even more difficult and highlights the need for awareness of this entity in the diagnostic consideration of a patient presenting with unexplained neurologic symptoms. Our literature review underscores the clinical and pathologic heterogeneity of CNS involvement in RA.

  9. MRI Diagnosis of abnormal meningeal enhancement%脑膜异常强化的MRI诊断

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    俞方荣; 王土兴; 方春; 朱翔

    2014-01-01

    目的:分析不同病变的脑膜异常强化MRI表现,探讨脑膜异常强化模式的形态与病因间的关系。方法对资料完整、MRI增强扫描显示脑膜异常强化的27例患者进行回顾性分析。结果27例患者中脑膜癌病11例(其中软脑膜强化模式9例,包括结节样强化4例、线样强化4例、结节样和线样强化并存的混合型强化1例,全脑膜强化模式、混合型强化2例);感染性脑膜炎9例(其中细菌性脑膜炎5例,包括软脑膜强化模式、线样强化4例,全脑膜强化模式、线样强化1例,并伴有硬膜下脓肿、颅骨骨髓炎,结核性脑膜炎3例,均为软脑膜强化模式,2例为线样强化,1例为结节样强化并伴有脑内多发结核结节,病毒性脑膜炎1例,为软脑膜强化模式、局限性线样强化);自发性低颅压综合征2例(硬脑膜强化模式、为弥漫均匀的线样强化);慢性硬膜下血肿4例和慢性硬膜下血肿伴硬膜下积液1例(硬脑膜强化模式、线样强化)。结论不同病变所致脑膜异常强化,其强化模式及形态具有一定的特点,MRI能为疾病的诊断提供重要信息。%Objective To analyze MRI findings of abnormal meningeal enhancement and to evaluate the relation between the patterns and shapes of abnormal meningeal enhancement and the causes of disease. Methods Twenty seven patients with abnormal meningeal enhancement on contrast enhanced MRI were included in the study. The patterns and shapes of abnormal meningeal enhancement on MRI in relation to clinical conditions were retrospectively analyzed. Results The diagnosis of 27 patients were meningeal carcinomatosis in 11 cases, infective meningitis in 9 cases (5 bacterial meningitis, 3 tuberculous menin-gitis and 1 viral meningitis), spontaneous intracranial hypotension syndromein in 2, chronic subdural hematoma in 4 and chronic subdural hematoma with subdural hydroma in 1. Meningeal

  10. Clinical analysis of 68 cases of pediatric tubercular meningitis%小儿结核性脑膜炎68例临床分析

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    李翠萍; 邱薇; 周晓婷; 林兆原

    2015-01-01

    were note extra-CNS TB. 27% children had not received BCG, and 42% cases had exposure to tuberculosis patients. CSF of 62 cases showed abnormalities, which were non-purulent, high classification of lymphocytes, high protein concentrations and low concentrations of glucose as well as chloride. Obvious abnormalities in brain CT or MRI were presented in 62 cases (92%), such as ventriculomegaly, communicating/obstructive hydrocephalus and cerebral in-farction. All isolates had accepted anti-TB treatment. 12 children underwent external ventricular drain, and 11 cases underwent ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery. 62 cases had good outcome, but 28 children had neurological sequelae. 2 cases of death reported ( 4%) . Conclusion The clinic features of pediatric tubercular meningitis is incomplete and the clinical findings are usually non-distinctive. The diagnosis of pediatric tubercular meningitis depends upon contact history, test of CSF, brain CT/MRI and tuberculin skin test.%目的:探讨小儿结核性脑膜炎的临床特点及早期诊断方法。方法回顾性分析2009年10月至2012年10月在我院确诊或临床诊断为结核性脑膜炎的68例住院患儿的临床资料。结果68例病例中,男36例,女32例,年龄(4±4.35)岁。5例确诊病例,脑脊液结核杆菌培养阳性;63例为临床诊断病例。临床主要表现为:发热64例(94%);头痛和/或呕吐38例(56%);抽搐26例(38%);意识障碍33例(48%);脑膜刺激征阳性38例(56%);偏瘫27例(40%);25例伴颅神经损害,以动眼神经和外展神经受损为主。合并脑外结核47例(69%)。未接种卡介苗18例(27%),有明确肺结核接触史28例(42%)。脑脊液异常62例(92%),呈非化脓性改变,白细胞增高以淋巴细胞为主,蛋白质升高,糖、氯化物降低。头颅影像学有异常发现62例(92%),脑室扩张、交通性(梗阻性)脑积水和脑梗死最常见。全部病例均接受抗结核治疗,12例行侧脑室外引流术,其中11

  11. Effect analysis of using tuberculosis infection T cells detection in the clinical diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis%结核感染T细胞检测诊断结核性脑膜炎的效果分析

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    蒋自; 吴文辉; 许凤娇; 谈王蓉; 许翼

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical effects tuberculosis infection T cells (TSPOT)detection in tuber-culous meningitis,so as to provide further theoretical guidance and basis for the clinical diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis.METHODS A total of 150 patients with suspected tuberculous meningitis treated in hospital in Nov. 2013 to Oct.2015 were selected,who were randomly divided into experimental and control groups based on the random number table with 75 cases of each group.Peripheral TSPOT was used in patients in experimental group, and TST was used in control group.The results in two groups were compared and statistically analyzed by SPSS 16.0.RESULTS A total of 58 cases were diagnosed as tuberculous meningitis in experimental group,and 50 cases with positive results tested by TSPOT,positive rate 86.2%.While 47 cases were diagnosed as tuberculous menin-gitis in control group,and 19 cases with positive results tested by TST,positive rate 40.4%.Difference between two test results was significantly (P <0.05).CONCLUSION This study shows that tuberculosis infection T cell test has a high sensitivity for tuberculous meningitis,which has a significantly better clinical detection effect than TST test,so it could be used for clinical diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis to further provide a reference.%目的:探讨结核感染 T 细胞检测(TSPOT)在结核性脑膜炎中的临床诊断效果,进一步为临床诊断结核性脑膜炎提供理论指导与依据。方法选取2013年11月-2015年10月于医院疑似结核性脑膜炎住院患者150例为研究对象,根据随机数字表将其随机分为试验组和对照组,每组各75例;试验组患者采取外周血 TSPOT 检测,对照组患者则采取结核菌素(TST)试验进行检测,比较两组患者检测结果,数据采用 SPSS 16.0软件进行统计分析。结果试验组患者中最终确诊58例,应用 TSPOT 检测呈阳性50例,阳性率为86.2%,

  12. Clinical analysis of 31 cases of neonatal purulent meningitis caused by Escherichia coli%大肠埃希菌致新生儿化脓性脑膜炎31例临床分析

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    朱敏丽; 麦菁芸; 朱将虎; 林振浪

    2012-01-01

    Objective Neonatal-purulent meningitis is a severe infection responsible for high mortality and disabling sequelae. Escherichia coli is the main pathogen of neonatal purulent meningitis. This study explored the clinical characteristics and antibiotic resistance of Escherichia co/i-indueed neonatal meningitis. Methods A retrospective chart review was performed. A total of 31 cases of neonatal purulent meningitis caused by Escherichia coli were identified in the neonatal intensive care unit between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2011. The clinical characteristics and antibiotic sensitivity test results were analyzed. Results Fever, poor feeding, lethargy and seizure were common clinical signs of neonatal purulent_ meningitis caused by Escherichia coli. Acute complications mainly included hyponatremia (17 cases), hydrocephalus (8 cases) , subdural collection (2 cases) , ventriculitis (2 cases) and cerebral infarction (1 case). Thirty neonates (97% ) had increased CRP levels. Of the 31 patients, 14 cases were cured and 12 had adverse outcomes (5 patients died during hospitaiization). Escherichia coli strains were resistant ( > 50%) to commonly used penicillins and cephalosporins between 2007 and 2011 , presenting significantly higher resistance rates than between 2001 and 2006- The detection rate of extended spectrum |3-lactamases( ESBLs) -producing strains between 2007 and 2011 increased significantly compared with between 2001 and 2006 (57% vs 0). Conclusions The clinical manifestations of neonatal purulent meningitis caused by Escherichia coli are non-specific. The outcome is poor. Monitoring of CRP levels is valuable for the early diagnosis of neonatal purulent meningitis's The antimicrobial resistance rates of Escherichia coli are increasing, especially to cephalosporins. The percentage of ESBLs-producing strains is increasing over the years.%目的 化脓性脑膜炎是导致新生儿死亡、致残的重要病因,大肠埃希菌是最常见的致病菌,通过

  13. Cerebral salt wasting syndrome in a patient with tuberculous meningitis.

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    Ravishankar, B; Mangala; Prakash, G K; Shetty, K J; Ballal, H S

    2006-05-01

    We report a case of a 65 year male with meningitis who had polyuria, severe hyponatremia, volume depletion and very high urinary sodium excretion. He was diagnosed to have cerebral salt wasting syndrome based on clinical and laboratory parameters.

  14. Clinical analysis of 246 patients with tuberculous meningitis%结核性脑膜炎246例临床分析

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    朱敏; 尹良胜; 李锋; 刘健仁

    2010-01-01

    Objective To review the clinical and laboratory features of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). Methods The clinical and laboratory data from 246 cases of TBM in Tuberculosis Treatment Center of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital of Zhejiang Province from January 1,1999 to December 31,2005 were collected and analyzed with SPSS 15.0 software. Results In 246 TBM patients,203(82.5%)was of basilar meningitis, 170(69. 1%)complicated with pulmonary tuberculosis. Fever,nausea, vomiting and headache were common symptoms in TBM patients. PPD skin tests were positive in 155(63.0%)patients, but only 12(4.9%)were acid-fast bacillus smear-positive in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF test showed that the white blood cells[(320 - 880)× 106/L], protein(0. 95 - 13.8 g/L)were increased, while glucose(1.53 - 3.2 mmol/L)and chloride content(90 - 111 mmol/L)were decreased. Adenosine deaminase ≥8 U/L was observed in 230(93.5%)patients, and 185(75.2%)patients were tuberculosis antibody positive. Eighty-one(32. 9%)patients showed nodular or annular shadows in cranial CT. After comprehensive therapy, 242(98.4%)patients recovered or improved and no sequela was observed, while 4(1.6%)patients died. Conclusion Early diagnosis of TBM should be based on clinical manifestations, changes of cerebrospinal fluid, imaging examination and PPD test.%目的 分析结核性脑膜炎(tuberculous meningitis,TBM)患者的临床特征及实验室检查特点,提高TBM早期诊断和治疗水平.方法 回顾分析1999年1月1日-2005年12月31日浙江省中西医结合医院结核病治疗中心收治的246例TBM患者的临床及实验室资料,应用SPSS 15.0软件进行统计分析.结果 246例TBM患者中,203例(82.5%)为颅底脑膜炎型,170例(69.1%)患者合并肺结核,临床症状以发热、恶心呕吐、头痛为主.155例(63.0%)患者结核菌素(PPD)试验阳性,仅12例(4.9%)患者脑脊髓液涂片抗酸杆菌阳性.脑脊髓液检查白细胞升高[(320~880)×106/L],

  15. Clinical analysis of 27 patients with cryptococcal meningitis%27例隐球菌性脑膜炎患者的临床分析

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    俞冲; 秦艳丽; 朱利平; 王新宇

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical features of cryptococcal meningitis (CM), and to improve its diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Methods The clinical data of 27 cases with CM in Huashan Hospital, Fudan University were analyzed, retrospectively and the treatment experience were summarized. Results There were 24 cases (88.89%) had headache as the first symptom of cryptococcal meningitis;CSF glucose (1.81 ± 0.69 mmol/L) reduced significantly; optic and auditory nerve damages common if accompanied with cranial nerve damage; cerebral ischemic (37.04%) and leptomeningeal strengthening (59.26%) could be seen in CT or MR; all patients had increased intracranial pressure for certain degrees, etiological test turned out that the positive rate of cerebrospinal fluid ink staining accounted for 81.48%(22 cases), the rate of cryptococcal culture positive accounted for 74.07% (20 cases), while capsular polysaccharide antigen detection (latex agglutination test) was 100% positive; 100% (17/17) patients were cured or better after receiving the combined treatment of amphotericin B (AmpB) and 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC), 3 among 4 patients were cured or better after treatment of AmpB combined 5-FC and fluconazole. Conclusions Cryptococcal meningitis could prone to be misdiagnosed at early stage, cerebrospinal fluid ink stain, fungi culture and cryptococcal latex agglutination test are beneficial to the diagnosis. The combination of AmpB and 5-FC is still the classic anti-fungal treatment options, the efficacy of AmpB and itraconazole needs clinical trials for huge samples. Effective control of fungal and intracranial hypertension is crucial to improve the prognosis in early stage, surgical intervention can be involved as soon as possible if necessary.%目的:探讨隐球菌性脑膜炎的临床特征,以提高该病的诊治水平及预后。方法回顾性分析复旦大学附属华山医院收治的27例诊断为隐球菌性脑膜炎患者的临床资料。结果88.89%(24

  16. Meninges of the brain (image)

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    ... by 3 connective tissue layers collectively called the meninges. Consisting of the pia mater (closest to the ... the dura mater (farthest from the CNS), the meninges also support blood vessels and contain cerebrospinal fluid. ...

  17. Meninges of the spine (image)

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    ... by 3 connective tissue layers collectively called the meninges. Consisting of the pia mater (closest to the ... the dura mater (farthest from the CNS), the meninges also support blood vessels and contain cerebrospinal fluid. ...

  18. Clinical analysis of 47 misdiagnosed cases of atypical tuberculous meningitis%47例结核性脑膜炎误诊分析

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    胡佳; 张家堂; 郎森阳; 蒲传强

    2011-01-01

    目的 通过对结核性脑膜炎误诊病例的统计和分析,提高对结核性脑膜炎鉴别诊断的认识,对临床防止误诊漏诊结核性脑膜炎提供帮助.方法 回顾性分析研究解放军总医院1994年1月~2009年6月间临床诊断"结核性脑膜炎"167例住院患者中早期被误诊为其他疾病的47例患者的临床资料,重点分析其临床特点及造成误诊的原因.结果 47例早期被误诊的结核性脑膜炎患者中,男性28例,女性19例,平均年龄(36.84±16.41)岁.亚急性起病者10例,急性起病者8例.首发症状为头痛和发热者41例(87.2%),病程中症状出现率依次为:高热35例(53.3%),运动障碍者13例(27.7%),颅神经受损11例(23.4%),意识障碍或精神症状7例(14.9%),大小便失禁1例(2%).颅压升高者占51.1%,WBC增高占96.7%,多呈非化脓性改变,蛋白升高占86.7%,葡萄糖降低仅占50%,氯化物降低占53.3%.PPD试验阳性率8/23.MR检查脑膜强化15例,脑积水7例,脑梗死14例,2例发现结核瘤,4例发现脊髓病灶.39例病情逐渐好转,2例病情反复,5例自动出院,死亡1例.结论 结核性脑膜炎早期由于临床症状、脑脊液及影像学表现等不典型,极易误诊,需分析多次脑脊液变化趋势,结合影像学,对于疑诊的结核性脑膜炎患者,进行诊断性抗结核治疗,对减少误诊率有重要意义.%Objective To improve the differential diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM) and reduced potential misdiagnosis of TBM. Methods The clinical data of 47 misdiagnosed cases of TBM between January, 1994 and June, 2009 were investigated retrospectively. The clinical presentations and causes for the misdiagnoses were analyzed. Results The 47 patients with misdiagnosed TBM included 28 male and 19 female patients with a mean age of 36.84± 16.41 years. Eight patients had an acute onset, 10 had a subacute onset, and 29 had chronic disease. The initial symptoms, in the descending order of their frequencies, included fever

  19. Neoplastic Meningitis from Solid Tumors: A Prospective Clinical Study in Lombardia and a Literature Review on Therapeutic Approaches

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Neoplastic dissemination to the leptomeninges is an increasingly common occurrence in patients with both haematological and solid tumors arising outside the central nervous system. Both refinement of diagnostic techniques (Magnetic resonance imaging and increased survival in patients treated with targeted therapies for systemic tumors account for this increased frequency. Cerebrospinal fluid cytological analysis and MRI confirm clinical diagnosis based on multifocal central nervous system signs/symptoms in a patient with known malignancy. Overall survival in patients with leptomeningeal neoplastic dissemination from solid tumors is short, rarely exceeding 3-4 months. However, selected patients may benefit from aggressive therapies, Apart from symptomatic treatment, intrathecal chemotherapy is used, with both free (methotrexate, Thiotepa, AraC and liposomal antitumor agents (liposomal AraC. Palliative radiotherapy is indicated only in cases of symptomatic bulky disease, surgery is limited to positioning of Ommaya recervoirs or C5F shunting. We report clinical data on a cohort of 26 prospectively followed patients with neoplastic leptomeningitis followed in Lombardia, Italy, in 2011. Prognostic factors and pattern of care are reported.

  20. 脑膜炎并脑积水临床特点及治疗措施分析%Analysis of clinical characteristics and treatment measures of meningitis complicating with hydrocephalus

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    贺晓琴

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨脑膜炎并脑积水临床特点及治疗措施,为疾病的诊断、治疗及预防提供可靠的参考依据.方法 选取我院2012年1月至2013年1月收治的60例脑膜炎并脑积水患者,通过随机数字表法将其分为对照组和观察组各30例,对照组患者给予甘露醇治疗,观察组患者在此基础上给予甘油果糖治疗,分析脑膜炎并脑积水的临床特点,并探讨两组患者临床治疗效果.结果 观察组患者临床治疗总有效率为93.33%,与对照组治疗总有效率60.00%相比差异有统计学意义(x2=31.0481,P=0.0000).结论 脑积水是脑膜炎常见并发症,临床检查结果可以为临床治疗提供科学有效的治疗方案,应用甘露醇联合甘油果糖治疗脑膜炎并脑积水疗效显著,可明显改善临床症状,减轻患者痛苦,降低死亡率,同时临床应完善治疗脑膜炎并脑积水的方式,积极采取科学合理的治疗措施,最大程度降低疾病的危害,提高患者生活质量.%Objective To explore the clinical characteristics and treatment measures of meningitis complicating with hydrocephalus, and provide reliable reference for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease.Methods 60 cases of meningitis complicating with hydrocephalus in our hospital from January 2012 to January 2013 were randomly divided into control group (n=30) and observation group (n=30).Control group was treated with mannitol, and observation group was treated with glycerin fructose on the basis of control group.Analyzed the clinical characteristics of meningitis complicating with hydrocephalus and clinical therapeutic effect of two groups.Result The total effective rate in observation group was higher than that in control group (93.33% vs.60.00%;x 2=31.0481, P=0.0000).Conclusions Hydrocephalus is a common kind of complication of meningitis.Clinical examination results can provide reference for scientific and effective clinical treatment.Application of

  1. Primary Meningeal Rhabdomyosarcoma

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    Manisha Palta

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Primary meningeal rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare primary brain malignancy, with scant case reports. While most reports of primary intracranial rhabdomyosarcoma occur in pediatric patients, a handful of cases in adult patients have been reported in the medical literature. We report the case of a 44-year-old male who developed primary meningeal rhabdomyosarcoma. After developing episodes of right lower extremity weakness, word finding difficulty, and headaches, a brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI demonstrated a vertex lesion with radiographic appearance of a meningeal-derived tumor. Subtotal surgical resection was performed due to sagittal sinus invasion and initial pathology was interpreted as an anaplastic meningioma. Re-review of pathology demonstrated rhabdomyosarcoma negative for alveolar translocation t(2;13. Staging studies revealed no evidence of disseminated disease. He was treated with stereotactic radiotherapy with concurrent temozolamide to be followed by vincristine, actinomycin-D, and cyclophosphamide (VAC systemic therapy.

  2. Primary meningeal rhabdomyosarcoma.

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    Palta, Manisha; Riedel, Richard F; Vredenburgh, James J; Cummings, Thomas J; Green, Scott; Chang, Zheng; Kirkpatrick, John P

    2011-01-01

    Primary meningeal rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare primary brain malignancy, with scant case reports. While most reports of primary intracranial rhabdomyosarcoma occur in pediatric patients, a handful of cases in adult patients have been reported in the medical literature. We report the case of a 44-year-old male who developed primary meningeal rhabdomyosarcoma. After developing episodes of right lower extremity weakness, word finding difficulty, and headaches, a brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated a vertex lesion with radiographic appearance of a meningeal-derived tumor. Subtotal surgical resection was performed due to sagittal sinus invasion and initial pathology was interpreted as an anaplastic meningioma. Re-review of pathology demonstrated rhabdomyosarcoma negative for alveolar translocation t(2;13). Staging studies revealed no evidence of disseminated disease. He was treated with stereotactic radiotherapy with concurrent temozolamide to be followed by vincristine, actinomycin-D, and cyclophosphamide (VAC) systemic therapy.

  3. 脑脊液乳酸和β2微球蛋白对细菌性脑膜炎的诊断价值%The value of cerebrospinal fluid lactic acid and beta-2-microglobulin in the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis

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    赵娜; 李冬梅; 贺恒鹏; 周霞

    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the significance of cerebrospinal fluid lactic acid (LA) and beta2-microglobulin (β2-MG) on the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis,and study their values compared with white blood cell (WBC) or protein in cerebrospinal fluid.Methods Thirty patients with bacterial meningitis were selected as bacterial meningitis group,and 30 surgical patients requiring spinal anesthesia were as control group.The level of cerebrospinal fluid LA was detected by Vitros950 automatic analyzer,and the level of cerebrospinal fluid β2-MG was detected by automatic AIA1800 enzyme immune analyzer.SPSS 13.0 and receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC curve) was used to analyze the data.Results The cerebrospinal fluid LA level in bacterial meningitis group was 1.53 (0.50) mmol/L,in control group was 1.11 (0.34) mmol/L,and there was statistical difference (P < 0.05).The cerebrospinal fluid β 2-MG level in bacterial meningitis group was 2.61 (1.00) mg/L,in control group was 0.83 (0.45) mg/L,and there was statistical difference (P < 0.01).For bacterial meningitis diagnosis,the areas under the ROC curve of cerebrospinal fluid WBC,protein,LA and β2-MG were 0.760,0.936,0.705 and 0.960.The best boundary value of LA in bacterial meningitis diagnosis was 1.78 mmol/L with a sensitivity of 68.0% and specificity of 88.9%.The best boundary value of β2-MG in bacterial meningitis diagnosis was 1.756 mg/L,with a sensitivity of 92.0% and specificity of 99.4%.Conclusions Both cerebrospinal fluid LA and β 2-MG is valuable in the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.But for the diagnostic value,cerebrospinal fluid LA is not as good as WBC or protein in cerebrospinal fluid,but β2-MG is better than them.It has high sensitivity and specificity.%目的 探讨脑脊液(CSF)乳酸(LA)和β2微球蛋白(β2-MG)是否有助于细菌性脑膜炎(BM)的诊断,以及与CSF白细胞(WBC)、蛋白相比较,二者是否诊断价值更高.方法 选取BM患者30例作为BM组,外科手术

  4. Serum procalcitonin and cerebrospinal fluid cytokines level in children with meningitis

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    Erdal Taskın

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: To determine the level of serum procalcitonin and cerebrospinal fluid cytokines in children with bacterial or viral meningitis and to document the use of these parameters in differential diagnosis.

  5. 88例结核性脑膜炎所致精神障碍临床分析%Clinical Analysis of 88 Cases of Mental Disorders Caused by Tuberculous Meningitis

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    张立波; 姚袁媛

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨分析88例结核性脑膜炎所致精神障碍的临床分析。方法回顾性分析2004年-2012年之间入住我院的88例结核性脑膜炎所导致的精神障碍患者的临床特点。结果88例结核性脑膜炎患者均有不同程度的精神障碍,其中表现为谵妄的患者22例,表现为意识朦胧的患者7例,表现为意识模糊的患者7例,表现为精神恍惚的患者31例,表现为癔症发作症状的患者7例,表现为精神分裂症状的患者7例,表现为性格改变症状的患者7例。所有患者经神经检查均有不同程度的异常,经治疗预后效果良好。结论结核性脑膜炎可导致精神障碍,及时发现脑膜炎导致的精神障碍的前驱症状并给予正确的治疗,可以争取较好的预后。%Objective Investigate the clinical analysis of 88 cases of mental disorders caused by Tuberculous meningitis .Methods Retrospective analyzed the Characteristics of mental disorders caused by Tuberculous meningitis of the patients in our hospital from 2004-2012.Results The 88 cases of patients with Tuberculous meningitis al had different degrees of mental disorder,22 patients with delirium,7patients of consciousness,31patients’ mind is wandering,7 patients of hysterical attack symptoms, 7 patients with symptoms of schizophrenia, 7 cases of personality change symptoms. Al the patients with different degree abnormal neurological after examination, the prognosis was good after the treatment. Conclusion The Tuberculous meningitis can cause mental disorders, if discover the mental disorder caused by meningitis pretrial symptoms and let the patients got timely treatment, can get good prognosis.

  6. Tuberculous Meningitis in an Immunocompetent Host: A Case Report

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    Khanna, Suchin R.; Kralovic, Stephen M.; Prakash, Rajan

    2016-01-01

    Patient: Male, 57 Final Diagnosis: Tuberculous meningitis Symptoms: Altered mental state • headache Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Lumbar puncture Specialty: Infectious Diseases Objective: Rare disease Background: Tuberculous meningitis is very rare in the United States in immunocompetent hosts. Risk factors are similar to those of pulmonary tuberculosis, including poverty, malnutrition, overcrowding, a compromised immune system, and coming from an endemic area. Meningeal tuberculosis mortality and other outcomes have changed little over time despite effective therapies due to delay in diagnosis because of its rarity, variable presentation, and often indolent course. Case Report: We describe a case of a 57-year-old male immigrant from Senegal with no significant past medical history and no previous history of tuberculosis or evidence of immune compromise. He presented to the hospital with headache and altered mental status and was subsequently diagnosed with tuberculous meningitis. Conclusions: This is a rare case of tuberculous meningitis in an immunocompetent host, questioning the conventional view that tuberculous meningitis is a disease of immunocompromised individuals. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining a strong clinical suspicion of tuberculous meningitis even in an immunocompetent patient in a geographical area with low prevalence if the patient has risk factors. Missed or delayed diagnosis is commonly fatal. PMID:28008165

  7. Meningeal involvement in Wegener's granulomatosis is associated with localized disease.

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    Di Comite, G; Bozzolo, E P; Praderio, L; Tresoldi, M; Sabbadini, M G

    2006-01-01

    Meningeal involvement is a rare occurrence in Wegener's Granulomatosis (WG). A Medline search uncovered only 48 previously reported cases. Here we describe the clinical features of meningeal involvement in WG and to evaluate the association with systemic disease extension. Through a systematic literature review of papers concerning meningeal involvement in WG, we collected and analysed data about sex, age, disease extension, symptoms, cerebrospinal fluid examination, imaging, ANCA and histology about previously reported patients. Headache is almost always the first symptom of meningeal involvement in WG. Later in the course of the disease other abnormalities may develop. Among them cranial nerve palsy, seizures and encephalopathy are the most frequent. Diagnosis is obtained by neuroimaging, which may disclose two distinct patterns of meningeal thickening: diffuse or focal. 62.9% of patients tests positive for ANCA. Histology typically shows necrotizing granulomatosis. Meningeal involvement is by far more frequent in the setting of localized WG. Meningitis is a rare complication of WG. It usually develops in patients with localized disease who are more likely to have destructive lesions of the upper airways. It may be recognized by a constellation of clinical and radiological findings and by histological signs of necrotizing granulomatosis, with little or no vasculitis.

  8. Progress towards meningitis prevention in the conjugate vaccines era

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    Cristina Aparecida Borges Laval

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Acute bacterial meningitis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality among children less than five years old. Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis are the most important agents of bacterial meningitis in developing countries. The development of the conjugate vaccines in the beginning of the 90's, especially type b H. influenzae (Hib, and more recently the heptavalent pneumococcal and the serogroup C meningococcal vaccines, have contributed directly to changes in the epidemiological profile of these invasive diseases (direct effect and of their carriage status (indirect effect. We review the impact of the Hib conjugate vaccine in Latin American countries, where this vaccine has been implemented, and the potential of pneumococcal and meningococcal conjugate vaccines for the reduction of meningitis worldwide. We also address constraints for the development and delivery of these vaccines and review new candidate state-of-the-art vaccines. The greatest challenge, undoubtedly, is to implement these vaccines worldwide, especially in the developing regions.

  9. Streptococcus suis Meningitis: First Case Reported in Quebec

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    Sophie Michaud

    1996-01-01

    Full Text Available Very few Streptococcus suis infections in humans have been reported in Canada, although the condition is frequent in pigs. Meningitis, often accompanied by severe hearing loss, is the most common clinical manifestation. The disease is an occupational illness affecting persons in contact with pigs and may be underdiagnosed because of misidentification of the responsible bacterium. Since Quebec is the leading province for swine production in Canada, physicians and microbiologists should be aware of this infection, especially when a streptococcal meningitis is diagnosed in swine workers. The first case of S suis type 2 meningitis reported in Quebec is described.

  10. Primary extranodal marginal zone lymphoma of the uvea associated with massive diffuse epibulbar extension and focal infiltration of the optic nerve and meninges, clinically presented as uveitis masquerade syndrome: a case report.

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    Rasić, D M; Stanković, Z; Terzić, T; Kovacević, D; Koturović, Z; Marković, V

    2010-09-01

    To report a clinical, histopathological and immunohistochemical findings in a case of primary extranodal marginal zone lymphoma of the uvea associated with massive diffuse extraocular episcleral extension and focal infiltration of the optic nerve and meninges, clinically presented as longstanding uveitis masquerade syndrome. Interventional case reports with histopathological correlation. We describe a 80-year-old male patient with a 3-year history of chronic recurrent hypertensive (pan) uveitis associated with ocular pain, unresponsive to topical and systemic anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, antibiotic/antiviral and antiglaucomatous therapy. Because the eye was not salvageable with conservative treatment, enucleation of blind and painful eye was performed. Findings from histopathological and immunohistochemistry examination of the enucleated eye showed an extranodal marginal zone lymphoma of the uveal tract with massive epibulbar extension and optic nerve and meningeal penetration. During almost 3 years of clinical course and 6 months after the enucleation, there were no systemic manifestations of lymphoma, and patient has not required subsequent treatment. Primary lymphoproliferative lesions of the uvea, comprising the iris, ciliary body and choroid are very rare, associated with epibulbar extension extremely and with optic nerve and menigeal penetration exceptionally. Despite its rarity, primary lymphoma of the uvea should be included in the differential diagnosis particularly in older patients with longstanding recurrent uveitis.

  11. Fungal-bacterial interactions and their relevance to oral health: linking the clinic and the bench

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    Patricia I Diaz

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available High throughput sequencing has accelerated knowledge on the oral microbiome. While the bacterial component of oral communities has been extensively characterized, the role of the fungal microbiota in the oral cavity is largely unknown. Interactions among fungi and bacteria are likely to influence oral health as exemplified by the synergistic relationship between Candida albicans and oral streptococci. In this perspective, we discuss the current state of the field of fungal-bacterial interactions in the context of the oral cavity. We highlight the need to conduct longitudinal clinical studies to simultaneously characterize the bacterial and fungal components of the human oral microbiome in health and during disease progression. Such studies need to be coupled with investigations using disease-relevant models to mechanistically test the