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March 1948

SALMONELLA MENINGITIS: Report of Three Cases and Review of One Hundred and Forty-Four Cases From the Literature

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From the Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;75(3):351-375. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030020363007

THE RECENT occurrence in Gorgas Hospital of salmonella meningitis in 2 infants, 1 of whom recovered, prompted the present investigation of this disease. A review of the hospital's clinical and laboratory records back to 1925 revealed a third case, and a review of the literature produced 144 additional cases, which were accepted for the purposes of this paper. Consideration of the characteristics of the disease and of the effects of treatment with sulfonamide compounds should be of interest at present and of use later in evaluating the effectiveness of new preparations, such as streptomycin.

REPORT OF CASES  Case 1.—R. R., a 3½ month old Negro girl, whose home was in Panamà, Republic of Panama, was brought to the hospital Dec. 8, 1945, because of mucopurulent discharge from the nose and fever of two weeks' duration, and vomiting and listlessness for the past twenty-four hours. The history revealed no previous illness.

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