The incidence of neonatal meningitis is 2-3/10,000 births. The most common organisms are:
2. Gram negative bacilli (E-coli, Haemophilus influenzae).
3. Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Listeria is less common than 20 years ago.
Long term complications include hydrocephalus, seizures, hemiparesis, deafness & visual impairment. Mortality remains high (20-30%).
Levene, M.I., Chervanak, F.A., 2009. Fetal and Neonatal Neurology and Neurosurgery. 4th Edition. London: Churchill Livingstone.
Previously published: 13/02/14, 07/11/14