One in three survivors of childhood meningitis is left with “hidden” after effects, study finds

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 06 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5318
  1. Emma Rourke
  1. 1BMJ

One in three children who survive bacterial meningitis is left with long term health consequences, a study has found.

Serogroup B meningococcal disease accounts for most of the 3400 cases of meningitis and septicaemia seen in the United Kingdom each year. Around half of these cases occur in children.

Research published in Lancet Neurology sought to investigate the long term consequences of meningococcal infection in children who had the disease when they were aged between 1 month and 13 years.1 Although most children survive meningococcal disease without long term health consequences, the study found an increased prevalence of …

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