Journal Article

Prognostic Factors in Childhood Tuberculous Meningitis

B. Mahadevan, S. Mahadevan and V. Tiroumourougane Serane

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 48, issue 6, pages 362-365
Published in print December 2002 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online December 2002 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/48.6.362
Prognostic Factors in Childhood Tuberculous Meningitis

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The risk factors affecting the outcome in 50 children with tuberculous meningitis were evaluated over a period of 20 months. Five children (10 per cent) had stage 1 disease, 29 (58 per cent) had stage II disease, and 16 (32 per cent) had stage III disease at admission. Seventeen cases (34 per cent) showed complete recovery, five (10 per cent) had mild, 14 (28 per cent) had moderate, and nine (18 per cent) had severe neurological sequelae. Five children (10 per cent) died. Younger age, tonic posturing, papilloedema, focal neurological deficit and stage at presentation were found to affect adversely the prognosis independently in children with tuberculous meningitis.

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Subjects: Paediatrics

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