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May 8, 1937

HEMOLYTIC STREPTOCOCCUS MENINGITIS: REPORT OF CASE WITH RECOVERY AFTER THE USE OF PRONTOSIL AND SULFANILAMIDE

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MINNEAPOLIS

JAMA. 1937;108(19):1591-1592. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780190007002
Abstract

In reviewing the literature one finds reports of cases of recovery in streptococcic meningitis, but these are comparatively rare. In July 1935 Gray1 presented a summary of the literature on this subject and found sixty-six cases, including his own, reported in the last thirty-five years. He feels that streptococcic meningitis is at least 97 per cent fatal. Since his report there have been nine cases of recovery reported and with the case being reported by me it gives a total of seventy-six cases with recovery reported in the literature in the last thirty-seven years. In seventy-three of the seventy-six cases the treatment consisted of repeated spinal punctures, spinal washings, injections of antistreptococcus serum, blood transfusions or a combination of these methods. In many of these cases the meningitis was of otitic origin, and mastoidectomy was done in many of the cases. In almost all of these seventy-three cases the

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