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May 1979

Bacteremia and Meningitis Following Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham.

Arch Intern Med. 1979;139(5):580-582. doi:10.1001/archinte.1979.03630420066020

Bacteremia and meningitis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae developed in a 52-year-old man 28 hours after an otherwise uncomplicated fiberoptic bronchoscopy. The patient responded to antimicrobial therapy and supportive care and later underwent pneumonectomy for carcinoma. This report reinforces previous observations that bacteremia may occasionally be associated with the performance of fiberoptic bronchoscopy.

(Arch Intern Med 139:580-582, 1979)