By generalized meningitis I refer to that form in which organisms are obtained in culture from the spinal fluid. Such a condition is often met and, except in the epidemic type, the outcome is unfortunately almost invariably fatal. Cases of meningitis in which the organisms are obtained only from the spinal fluid in smears offer a very different prognosis from those in which the organisms are grown in culture.
The case reported here is of interest because of recovery following an attack of generalized meningitis.
REPORT OF CASE
In M. P., a girl of 13 years, acute otitis media on the right side developed on Feb. 10, 1934, at which time a myringotomy was performed. There had been no previous trouble with the ears or other serious illness. The ear continued to discharge, and the patient was admitted to the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Eight days later a
ALLAN WB. GENERALIZED MENINGITIS OF OTITIC ORIGIN; USE OF FORCED SPINAL DRAINAGE IN TREATMENTReport of a Case. Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;22(2):182–184. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640030195006