Diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis in children at a district hospital in sub-Saharan Africa

@article{Berkley2001DiagnosisOA,
  title={Diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis in children at a district hospital in sub-Saharan Africa},
  author={James Alexander Berkley and Isiah Mwangi and Caroline Jumwa Ngetsa and Salim Mwarumba and Charles R Newton},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={2001},
  volume={357},
  pages={1753-1757}
}
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis in children is difficult in sub-Saharan Africa, because the clinical features overlap with those of other common diseases, and laboratory facilities are inadequate in many areas. We have assessed the value of non-laboratory tests and incomplete laboratory data in diagnosing childhood acute bacterial meningitis in this setting. METHODS We prospectively studied 905 children undergoing lumbar puncture at a rural district hospital in Kenya… CONTINUE READING
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