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February 1921

CASE OF MENINGITIS DUE TO THE BACILLUS ACIDI-LACTICIOCCURRING IN A PREMATURE INFANT ONE MONTH OLD

Am J Dis Child. 1921;21(2):203-205. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1921.01910320100013
Abstract

The occurrence of meningitis in the new-born and infants under three months of age is said to be uncommon. Barron,1 in 1918, was able to collect only thirty-nine cases. Of these fourteen were due to the colon bacillus. It was thought that the report of an additional case would prove of interest, especially as the causative agent was the Bacillus acidi-lactici. In a search of the literature I can find no mention of this organism causing a meningitis.

REPORT OF CASE  L. P., a negro girl, aged 1 month, was admitted to the pediatric service of the New York Nursery and Child's Hospital, April 16, 1920. Chief complaint convulsions followed by stupor.Family History.—Mother died of tuberculosis two weeks after the birth of the patient.Birth History.—Child was born prematurely at seven months. Birth weight, 4 pounds.Feeding History.—Has been receiving a skimmed milk mixture. Details

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