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September 1979

Salmonella Meningitis: Occurrence in an Adult

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(9):578-580. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500450072015

Salmonella meningitis is predominantly a disease of infants. An adult patient is described who had meningitis due to S typhimurium following a traumatic fracture of the first lumbar vertebra. A review of previous cases of Salmonella meningitis in adults revealed a predominance of infection due to S typhi prior to 1940 with a variety of other serotypes isolated since then. Only one of nine patients survived prior to the antibiotic era, but three of five patients with Salmonella meningitis since 1940 have survived.