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May 8, 1926

MENINGOCOCCUS MENINGITIS WITH RECOVERY IN A SEVEN WEEKS OLD INFANT

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Babies' Hospital, Department of Diseases of Children, Columbia University.

JAMA. 1926;86(19):1436-1437. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720450001011
Abstract

Meningococcus meningitis is an extremely rare disease in early infancy. Root,1 in a careful review of the literature up to 1921, found only six cases of meningococcus meningitis occurring in infants under 2 months of age; two of these infants died during the acute stage of the disease, three died a few months later from sequelae, and the remaining case could not be traced. A seventh case is reported by Cook and Bell2 in a child, aged 17 days, with a fulminating infection of parameningococcus and an extensive petechial rash.

In view of these facts, recovery without sequelae in an infant, aged 7 weeks, following specific serum therapy administered into the cisterna magna, seems of sufficient interest to merit publication.

REPORT OF CASE  D. H., a white girl, born, Jan. 31, 1925, was admitted to the Babies' Hospital, March 23, at the age of 7 weeks. The chief

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