Listeria Meningitis in an Immunocompetent Child

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Listeria monocytogenes is a facultative anerobic, gram-positive bacillus that is isolated from the soil, vegetables, and wild or domestic animals. Listeria infection is usually found in the older adults, immunocompromised patients, pregnant women, and newborns, whereas it is rare in healthy infants and children. Listeria monocytogenes may cause meningitis, meningoencephalitis, brain abscess, pyogenic arthritis, osteomyelitis, and liver abscess in children. The course of meningoencephalitis by Listeria is often severe and even fatal. Complications such as acute hydrocephalus, brain abscess, and spine abscess can develop, and the mortality associated with listeriosis is significantly high. We present a case of a previously healthy 7-year-old boy who developed Listeria monocytogenes meningitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-581
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Volume33
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

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Listeria Meningitis
Listeriosis
Brain Abscess
Listeria monocytogenes
Liver Abscess
Meningoencephalitis
Wild Animals
Domestic Animals
Immunocompromised Host
Osteomyelitis
Hydrocephalus
Meningitis
Vegetables
Abscess
Bacillus
Arthritis
Pregnant Women
Spine
Soil
Newborn Infant

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Listeria Meningitis in an Immunocompetent Child. / Villa, Giovanna; Diana, Maria Cristina; Solari, Nicoletta; Bandettini, Roberto; Sorrentino, Stefania; Loy, Anna; Losurdo, Giuseppe; Renna, Salvatore.

In: Pediatric Emergency Care, Vol. 33, No. 8, 08.2017, p. 579-581.

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