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March 1938

MENINGITIS DUE TO STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS HAEMOLYTICUS: REPORT OF A RECOVERY

Author Affiliations

DURHAM, N. C.
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Duke Medical School and Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;27(3):317-322. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650030327007
Abstract

The object of this communication is to demonstrate the value of staphylococcus antitoxin as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of an almost invariably fatal disease. Only 4 cases of meningitis due to Staphylococcus aureus haemolyticus in which the disease was successfully treated have so far been reported in the literature. We feel, therefore, that any further contribution to the subject merits attention.

Stout,1 Shless2 and Dunlap3 have each reported a case in detail. Stout referred to still another case but gave no details. The therapeutic agent used in these cases was Staph. aureus bacteriophage. Our case is unique in that it is the first one reported in which recovery followed the use of staphylococcus antitoxin.4 Dolman5 referred to 2 cases of meningitis due to Staph. aureus treated with staphylococcus antitoxin. In both cases the patient died. A detailed description of our case follows.

REPORT OF CASE  On Jan. 12,

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