Acute meningitis is one of the most dramatic of all the infections of the nervous system in its sudden onset and rapid progress. Except for meningitides due to the meningococcus and a few other agents, the outlook for the preservation of life is usually poor. The prognosis is particularly unfavorable for pneumococcic meningitis, and a fatal termination has almost invariably occurred. In this paper a case of meningitis due to the type III pneumococcus in which recovery, presumably due to sulfanilamide therapy, occurred is reported. The patient remained well four months after recovery and then died of a disease related to hypertension. The experience at the Philadelphia General Hospital with meningitis due to Pneumococcus type III is reviewed, as are certain aspects of the literature.
REPORT OF A CASE
B. M., a 47 year old Negress, was admitted to the Philadelphia General Hospital, service of Dr. J. C. Yaskin, on
SILVERMAN D, THORNER M. TREATMENT OF MENINGITIS DUE TO PNEUMOCOCCUS TYPE III WITH SULFANILAMIDE; RECOVERY. Arch Otolaryngol. 1939;30(3):431–436. doi:10.1001/archotol.1939.00650060465011
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