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Case of Pneumococcus (Type III) Meningitis Treated with Potassium Permanganate—Recovery.

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By WEINBERG MAX H.. . (Jr. Nerv. and Mental Dis.. , 1931; , lxxiv:, 38.-45.)


Ann Intern Med. 1931;5(3):390. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-5-3-390_2
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The very serious if not hopeless prognosis in pneumococcus meningitis has justified the use of various drastic methods of treatment such as continuous drainage, cisterna magna punctures, lavage of the ventricles and the injection of various irritating substances into the subarachnoid space. Stimulated by the results obtained by Chester in the treatment of pneumonia, as reported in the ANNALS in 1929, the author used potassium permanganate enemata in a case of meningitis shown bacteriologically to be due to pneumococcus, type III. A cleansing enema is first given followed by 4 ounces of the standard solution advocated by Nott, which contains

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