VOL K. PHILIPS, M.D.
The patient with acute meningococcemia and rapidly falling blood pressure presents one of the most dramatic medical emergencies physicians encounter. In nonepidemic areas or seasons the occasional case is likely to escape recognition until the typical purpura, disorientation and peripheral vascular collapse alert the physician to the septicemic nature of the disease. With the advent of oral and parenteral steroid therapy, death from meningococcemia, with or without severe hypotension, is now the exemption rather than the rule.1-7 That recovery can be obtained in even the most severely ill is illustrated by the following case which, in addition to the usual
PHILIPS VK. ACUTE MENINGOCOCCEMIA WITH SYMMETRIC PERIPHERAL GANGRENE: REPORT OF A CASE WITH RECOVERY1. Ann Intern Med. ;48:864–871. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-48-4-864
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;48(4):864-871.
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