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October 1931

TUBERCULOUS MENINGITIS WITH SYPHILITIC MENINGITIS TERMINATING IN RECOVERY: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;48(4):576-591. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00150040042003
Abstract

Tuberculous meningitis has been looked on as a disease that must end disastrously. This fact, unfortunately, has been emphasized so frequently that when one mentions a case that terminated in recovery, not only is the diagnosis automatically challenged, but there is a tendency to discard all the positive observations and question the laboratory technic. However, a perusal of the literature on this subject will convince the most pronounced skeptic that there is no law in the science of medicine that disbars the meninges from localizing and overcoming an infection of the tubercle bacillus, and that some patients do recover from this disease. If tuberculosis of other tissues and organs may subside, then why not tuberculosis of the meninges? No doubt recoveries are rare, but the fact that some cases do terminate favorably should be recognized. Because of the rarity of this unexpected result, we are presenting the following case.

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