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January 1925

AN UNUSUAL SEQUEL OF MENINGITIS: LESION OF THE CONUS MEDULLARIS

Author Affiliations

BALTIMORE
From the Harriet Lane Home for Invalid Children, Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1925;29(1):67-69. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.04120250070006
Abstract

REPORT OF CASE  F. W., a girl, aged 2½ years, was admitted to the Harriet Lane Home of the Johns Hopkins Hospital on June 6, 1921, suffering from cerebrospinal meningitis of two days' duration. Meningococci were present in smears and cultures of the spinal fluid. Between June 6 and June 28, lumbar puncture was performed seventeen times, and fourteen injections of antimeningococcus serum were given intraspinally. All the spinal punctures were done in the fourth lumbar interspace except one or two, which were in the third interspace. No difficulty was ever experienced in performing the punctures and a "bloody tap" was never obtained. During the first ten days of the disease, the child was unable to void and the bladder frequently extended to the umbilicus, necessitating manual expression. After the tenth day, however, the bladder was never distended and the child voided in her bed. The bowels moved only with

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