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October 1979

Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics (Drs Darby and Chatellier), Pathology (Dr Conradi), and Laboratory Medicine (Dr Holbrook), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(10):1025-1027. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130100049010

• Primary amebic meningoencephalitis is a rapidly fatal CNS infection caused by the free-living ameba Naegleria fowleri. The disease is acquired by swimming in fresh water and is being recognized with increasing frequency. Results of early diagnosis and treatment with amphotericin and other drugs suggest therapeutic optimism. Epidemiological surveys have shown the organism to be commonly present in fresh-water lakes in the warmer parts of the world. Prompt recognition and treatment is vital.

(Am J Dis Child 133:1025-1027, 1979)