Risk factors for death and severe neurological sequelae in childhood bacterial meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa

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Pelkonen , T , Roine , I , Monteiro , L , Correia , M , Pitkäranta , A , Bernardino , L & Peltola , H 2009 , ' Risk factors for death and severe neurological sequelae in childhood bacterial meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa ' , Clinical Infectious Diseases , vol. 48 , no. 8 , pp. 1107-1110 . https://doi.org/10.1086/597463

Title: Risk factors for death and severe neurological sequelae in childhood bacterial meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa
Author: Pelkonen, Tuula; Roine, Irmeli; Monteiro, Lurdes; Correia, Margarida; Pitkäranta, Anne; Bernardino, Luis; Peltola, Heikki
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Hospital Pediátrico David Bernardino, Luanda, Angola
University of Helsinki, Korva-, nenä- ja kurkkutautien klinikka
University of Helsinki, Children's Hospital


Date: 2009
Language: eng
Number of pages: 4
Belongs to series: Clinical Infectious Diseases
ISSN: 1058-4838
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/597463
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299295
Abstract: We report a morality rate of 33% among 403 children with bacterial meningitis in Angola. A fatal outcome was associated with impaired consciousness, severe dyspnea, and seizures, and severe neurological sequelae (found in 25% of our patients) was associated with delayed presentation to the hospital, impaired consciousness, and seizures. Being underweight was of secondary importance. Treatment with ceftriaxone, rather than with penicillin plus chloramphenicol, did not improve outcome.
Subject: 3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
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