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Spinal anaesthesia and meningitis in former preterm infants: cause-effect?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10320608     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Meningitis associated with spinal anaesthesia is a rare but well-known complication. We report on a case of fatal bacterial meningitis following spinal anaesthesia in a former preterm infant. The aetiology of this meningitis could not be established. Former preterm infants represent a high-risk population because of their susceptibility to group B streptococcal meningitis at this age as documented in a second case. Therefore we discuss whether meningitis was consequential or coincidental with spinal anaesthesia and could have been prevented by more comprehensive preoperative laboratory screening or prophylactic antibiotics.
G Luz; H Büchele; P Innerhofer; H Maurer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Paediatric anaesthesia     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1155-5645     ISO Abbreviation:  Paediatr Anaesth     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-07     Completed Date:  1999-06-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9206575     Medline TA:  Paediatr Anaesth     Country:  FRANCE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  262-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesia, The Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia, Spinal / adverse effects*
Anesthetics, Local / administration & dosage
Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
Fatal Outcome
Gentamicins / therapeutic use
Hernia, Inguinal / surgery
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Meningitis, Bacterial / etiology*
Penicillins / therapeutic use
Risk Factors
Streptococcal Infections / etiology*
Streptococcus agalactiae*
Tetracaine / administration & dosage
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anesthetics, Local; 0/Anti-Bacterial Agents; 0/Gentamicins; 0/Penicillins; 94-24-6/Tetracaine

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