Influenzal meningitis is comparatively frequent in children. Influenzal peritonitis either has occurred infrequently or been little stressed. Isnardi1 reported a case in 1892. Hill2 and Fisch3 reported the first case in America in 1903. Davis4 and Rivers5 later mentioned the condition but paid it little heed. The fact that some organisms change their site of insult as years pass warrants emphasis on this condition.
Influenzal meningitis occurs in early life. Davis6 reported the youngest patient. The child, a twin, was taken sick on the fifth day of life and died on the ninth. The organisms were recovered at autopsy. The other twin was taken sick at the same time and died on the twelfth day, but neither spinal puncture nor autopsy was performed.
REPORT OF A CASE
History.—The patient, B. F., a white female infant, born following a normal hospital delivery, was transferred
WILLIAMS JW. INFLUENZAL MENINGITIS AND PERITONITIS. Am J Dis Child. 1934;48(4):840–841. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960170130011