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July 1985

Group B Streptococcal Meningitis in Adults

Author Affiliations
Infectious Disease Section St Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center 1044 Belmont Ave. Youngstown, OH 44501
Arch Neurol. 1985;42(7):626-627. doi:10.1001/archneur.1985.04060070012005

To the Editor.  —The report by Harburg and associates1 of group B streptococcal meningitis appearing as acute deafness in an otherwise healthy adult woman was interesting. We would like to add that we are aware of at least eight additional cases of group B streptococcal meningitis in adults, two of which were reported after the review by Harburg and associates was accepted for publication.2-8 In addition, herein we report a case of group B streptococcal meningitis in a 62-year-old man.

Report of a Case.  —A 62-year-old man with a history of rheumatic fever and coronary artery disease was admitted to the hospital because of severe frontal headache, confusion, and increasing lethargy of six hours' duration. Physical examination disclosed an elderly man whose only response to painful stimuli was to open his eyes. His blood pressure was 134/68 mm Hg and his rectal temperature was 40.1 °C. A 2/6 holosystolic