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October 1967

Neisseria catarrhalis in Exudate Otitis Media

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;86(4):403-406. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760050405009

SPECIES of Neisseria other than N meningitidis and N gonorrhoeae are generally felt to be nonpathogenic. In the report on bacteriological findings in middle ear fluid obtained by needle aspiration by Feingold et al1N catarrhalis is listed as nonpathogenic. However, it is tabulated among the causative organisms in similar studies by Gronroos et al2 and by Coffey.3 Cases of meningitis due to N catarrhalis have been reported by Garland4 and by Moersch and Thompson.5 Lewin and Hughes6 reported N subflava as a cause of meningitis and septicemia in five children.

The purpose of this paper is to report a two-year study of the bacteriology and clinical observations of cases of exudative otitis media, this being a continuation of the previously reported study.3

Materials and Methods  Tympanic paracenteses were done on all patients with exudative otitis media seen in private clinic practice from

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