Tip 46: meningitis

The incidence of neonatal meningitis is 2-3/10,000 births. The most common organisms are:

1. GBS

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%).

Reference:

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

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