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Meningitis During Convalescence from Varicella.

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By LAIGNEL-LAVASTINE, MIGET, CONSTANTINESCU.  (Bull. et Mem. Soc. Med. des Hôp. de Paris. , October, 1930; , p. 1448.).

Ann Intern Med. 1931;4(9):1225. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-4-9-1225_2
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Meningeal reactions have been frequently reported as occurring in varicella; but the case reported here is believed to be the first case recorded in which a fatal meningitis occurred in convalescence from varicella. The patient was a young man, aged 18, who had apparently a mild attack of varicella. While convalescing from this attack, he developed symptoms of a severe meningitis, with convulsions. Death occurred on the fifth day. The autopsy showed a diffuse purulent leptomeningitis with involvement of the cortex. Tuberculosis was excluded by the bacteriological examination and by the inoculation of guinea pigs, both of which were negative.


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