Fatal case of Naegleria fowleri meningo-encephalitis in an infant

Case report

Shrikiran Hebbar, Indira Bairy, Nalini Bhaskaranand, Santhosh Upadhyaya, Moinak Sen Sarma, Anup Kumar Shetty

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Abstract

Primary amoebic meningo-encephalitis (PAM) is extremely rare and is caused by Naegleria fowleri. It is ?commonly seen in older children who swim in water contaminated with Naegleria species. It is very rare to contract the illness by any other means. We report a case of PAM in an infant aged 6 months. To the best of our knowledge, only one other case of PAM in an infant has been reported from India. A high index of suspicion is required in infants who manifest similarly to pyogenic meningitis but whose CSF shows no bacterial organisms so that a wet mount of a CSF sample can be done for early detection of Naegleria fowleri infection and appropriate intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-226
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Tropical Paediatrics
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2005

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Hebbar, Shrikiran ; Bairy, Indira ; Bhaskaranand, Nalini ; Upadhyaya, Santhosh ; Sarma, Moinak Sen ; Shetty, Anup Kumar. / Fatal case of Naegleria fowleri meningo-encephalitis in an infant : Case report. In: Annals of Tropical Paediatrics. 2005 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 223-226.
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Fatal case of Naegleria fowleri meningo-encephalitis in an infant : Case report. / Hebbar, Shrikiran; Bairy, Indira; Bhaskaranand, Nalini; Upadhyaya, Santhosh; Sarma, Moinak Sen; Shetty, Anup Kumar.

In: Annals of Tropical Paediatrics, Vol. 25, No. 3, 01.09.2005, p. 223-226.

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