Hydrocephalus in adults with community-acquired bacterial meningitis.

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Summary of "Hydrocephalus in adults with community-acquired bacterial meningitis."

To evaluate the occurrence, treatment, and outcome of hydrocephalus complicating community-acquired bacterial meningitis in adults.
Case series from a prospective nationwide cohort study from Dutch hospitals from 2006 to 2009.
Hydrocephalus was diagnosed in 26 of 577 episodes (5%) and was classified as communicating hydrocephalus in all but 1 patient. The majority of patients (69%) presented with hydrocephalus on admission. Most common causative bacteria were Streptococcus pneumoniae (in 14 patients, 54%) and Listeria monocytogenes (in 4 patients, 15%). Thirteen patients died (50%) and 18 had an unfavorable outcome (69%). Hydrocephalus was an independent predictor of death in a multivariate analysis (odds ratio 7.81, 95% confidence interval 2.91-20.8). Six patients underwent an intervention: 2 patients (8%) had serial lumbar punctures; 4 patients (15%) underwent external ventricular CSF catheter placement. Median time from diagnosis of hydrocephalus to CSF shunting was 12 hours (range 0-4 days). All patients who underwent CSF shunting died or had a poor outcome.
Hydrocephalus complicates community-acquired bacterial meningitis in 5% of adult cases and is associated with high fatality rates. A minority of patients underwent neurosurgery and outcome was uniformly poor in these patients.


Department of Neurology, Center of Infection and Immunity Amsterdam (CINIMA), Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, PO Box 22660, 1100DD Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Name: Neurology
ISSN: 1526-632X
Pages: 918-23


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