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Fulminant citrobacter meningitis with multiple periventricular abscesses in a three-month-old infant

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Author(s): Anoop P. | Anjay M. A. | Vincent Johny | Girija B.

Journal: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
ISSN 1413-8670

Volume: 7;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 429;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Citrobacter | meningitis | brain abscess

ABSTRACT
Citrobacter, a Gram-negative enteric bacillus, is a rare cause of septicemia and meningitis, seldom reported beyond the neonatal period. It is characterized by a fulminant clinical course and a high incidence of complications, including brain abscesses. We studied a three-month-old infant with Citrobacter meningitis, who developed acute communicating hydrocephalus and multiple periventricular brain abscesses while on treatment. The patient died, despite intensive antibiotic treatment directed towards the causative organism, C. diversus.
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