Herein, we report a case of purulent pericarditis caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C in a previously healthy 5-year-old boy, which was detected in pericardial fluid by polymerase chain reaction. The concentrations of interleukin-6, interferon-gamma and interleukin-10 in pericardial fluid were notably increased compared with serum. The role of… (More)
We report the first case of Neisseria meningitidis-induced septic peritonitis diagnosed by PCR assay of peritoneal fluid. Concentrations of interleukin-6 were notably higher in the peritoneal fluid than in the blood. PCR diagnosis of septic meningococcal peritonitis and the pathogenesis of the disease are discussed.