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Influence of Admission Findings on Death and Neurological Outcome from Childhood Bacterial Meningitis

Irmeli Roine, Heikki Peltola, Josefina Fernández, Inés Zavala, Antonio González Mata, Silvia González Ayala, Antonio Arbo, Rosa Bologna, Greta Miño, José Goyo, Eduardo López, Solange Dourado de Andrade and Seppo Sarna

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 8, pages 1248-1252
Published in print April 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/533448
Influence of Admission Findings on Death and Neurological Outcome from Childhood Bacterial Meningitis

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A post hoc analysis of 654 children with bacterial meningitis showed that the level of consciousness is the most important predictor of death and/or neurological sequelae, more than is etiology per se. This finding emphasizes the need of including a measurement of the presenting status in all studies examining treatment efficacy.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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