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Article: Recurrent pneumococcal meningitis in a child with transethmoidal encephalocele: a case report and review of literature.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Bacterial meningitis is a life-threatening infection with a low recurrence rate. However, this possibility has always to be considered and avoided. This case report concerns a 5-year-old girl who was admitted in our Emergency Pediatric Unit for symptoms of bacterial meningitis and signs of disseminated intra-vascular coagulopathy. After a successful treatment the girl was discharged in good health. She was admitted to our hospital after one year with the same symptoms of meningitis. Laboratory examinations confirm the admittance suspect. An accurate research allowed to find out immunological deficiencies and showed an occult malformation, transethmoidal encephalocele, responsible for the recurrent meningitis. The present case suggests that the opportunity to perform an accurate cerebral imaging study (with special attention to the ethmoidal region and inner ear) in all cases of meningitis to detect occult anatomical alterations, thus preventing infectious recurrence, should always be taken into account.Minerva pediatrica 04/2011; 63(2):119-24.
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ABSTRACT: The use of a short-stay observation unit (OBI) in a pediatric department has reduced the number of admissions. Significant cost savings and a better care for children and their families have been also achieved. During the year 2003 in our department 1759 children received OBI. 226 (12.8%) were then admitted. 1553 (87.2%) were discharged after a nine-hour mean stay. Descriptive statistics are used to outline the sample of patients and used treatments.La Pediatria medica e chirurgica: Medical and surgical pediatrics 02/2006; 28(1-3):39-41.