TITLE

Severe Meningococcal Infections in Children and Adolescents

AUTHOR(S)
Graham, Alan; Goldstein, Brahm
PUB. DATE
May 2006
SOURCE
Current Pediatric Reviews;2006, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p123
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Infection with Neisseria meningitidis remains one of the most devastating illnesses in pediatrics. Affected patients can progress from a mild viral-like illness to death within a matter of hours. Additionally, the definitive clinical diagnosis cannot be reached until the characteristic petechial rash appears, making differentiating meningococcal infection from a benign viral illness impossible. This review will discuss the epidemiology, bacteriology, pathophysiology, treatment, and potential new therapies for severe meningococcal infections in children and adolescents.
ACCESSION #
20633073

 

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