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December 7, 1935

PNEUMOCOCCIC MENINGITIS: REPORT OF A CASE WITH RECOVERY FOLLOWING CISTERNAL DRAINAGE

JAMA. 1935;105(23):1844-1845. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.92760490001008
Abstract

It has always been the general impression that pneumococcic meningitis is practically hopeless. The more one searches the literature, however, the more cases of recovery one finds. The methods of treatment of this condition have been varied. Those with successful recoveries feel that their form of treatment was responsible for the happy conclusion. For example, Weinberg1 used potassium permanganate following the suggestion of Nott. Reveno and McLaughlin2 used Felton's serum alone, intravenously, intraspinally as well as intrathecally, although mentioning the use of the antipneumococcus serum combined with ethylhydrocupreine hydrochloride (optochin) Lynch3 also used Felton's serum, and McAuley and Hilliard4 report a case in which Felton's serum was used. Eichelbaum5 used spinal drainage, lavage and intraspinal injections of antipneumococcus serum, for which he concluded that recovery in his case was responsible. Mella6 used subarachnoid lavage and ethylhydrocupreine with good results. Roussel7 used

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