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June 1988

Chronic Meningococcal MeningitisAn Association With C5 Deficiency

Arch Intern Med. 1988;148(6):1441-1442. doi:10.1001/archinte.1988.00380060205036

• A 44-year-old man with a history of presumed meningococcal meningitis 32 years before, presented with a three-month illness, characterized by fever, 13.5-kg (30-lb) weight loss, occipital headache, shoulder pain, and muscle weakness, which had been diagnosed as "polymyositis" and treated accordingly. Evaluation revealed meningococcal meningitis due to serogroup W135 and a C5 deficiency. Evidence for the occurrence of chronic meningococcal meningitis is described.

(Arch Intern Med 1988;148:1441-1442)