Acute bacterial meningitis in a developing country: diagnosis related mortality among paediatric patients
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University of Zimbabwe Publications
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of late diagnosis and other factors on outcome of paediatric bacterial meningitis (BM) and recommend appropriate intervention. DESIGN: Case series. SETTING: University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria. SUBJECTS: 62 consecutive BM patients aged two months to 16 years admitted between 1991 and 1994. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Mortality rate. RESULTS: Diagnostic difficulties experienced in 58% of cases and other factors resulted in delayed diagnosis and high mortality (20 to 47%). CONCLUSION: Only elimination of the identified inadequacies in management can significantly reduce the BM-related high mortality in developing countries.
bacterial meningitis , developing country , diagnosis , mortality , paediatric , Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Imananagha KK, Peters EJ, Philip-Ephraim EE, Ekott JU, Imananagha LN, Ekure EN, Esin RA. Acute bacterial meningitis in a developing country: diagnosis related mortality among paediatric patients. Cent Afr J Med. 1998 Jan;44(1):11-5.