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December 1962

Hemophilus Influenzae Meningitis in Adults

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK; ATLANTA; BALTIMORE; NEW YORK

Instructor in Medicine, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York (Dr. Merselis); Professor of Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta (Dr. Sellers); Instructor in Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore (Dr. Johnson); Associate Professor of Medicine, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York (Dr. Hook).; From the Departments of Medicine, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Department of Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(6):837-846. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620240019005
Abstract

Hemophilus influenzae is a frequent cause of acute, purulent meningitis in children but is only occasionally responsible for meningeal infections in adults. A survey of the literature in English reveals only 44 cases of influenzal meningitis in patients over the age of 20 years.1-30 The present series of 11 additional cases has been compiled in order to review the clinical manifestations of this infection and to examine the circumstances associated with its appearance in the adult population.

Report of Cases  The patients described in this report were observed at the Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta; The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; or The New York Hospital, New York, during the period from 1947 to 1959. The clinical and laboratory observations on these cases are summarized in the Table.The incidence of H. influenzae meningitis in adults with bacterial meningitis at these institutions was estimated to be at least 1%. Six of

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