LEON ROSOVE, M.D., F.A.C.P.; HAROLD E. WEST, M.D.; ALBERT G. BOWER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Proteus vulgaris meningitis is relatively uncommon. It may occur by direct extension from an adjacent otitis media or mastoiditis and occasionally as a complication of septicemia from a focus of infection, usually in the genito-urinary tract. The causative organism is a gram-negative, aerobic, non-sporulating, actively motile bacterium, usually occurring as a saprophytic non-pathogen in the upper respiratory, gastrointestinal, or genito-urinary tracts. Occasionally it produces severe infection and death.
In a review of the literature Abrams1 states that approximately four-fifths of patients under 40 years of age with Proteus vulgaris septicemia had middle ear infection and of those over 40 years
ROSOVE L, WEST HE, BOWER AG. STREPTOMYCIN IN THE TREATMENT OF PROTEUS VULGARIS MENINGITIS1. Ann Intern Med. 1950;32:960–964. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-32-5-960
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1950;32(5):960-964.
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