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Diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis in children at a district hospital in sub-Saharan Africa.

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BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis in children is difficult in sub-Saharan Africa, because the clinical features overlap with those of other common diseases, and laboratory facilities are inadequate in many areas. We have assessed the value of non-laboratory tests and incomplete laboratory data in diagnosing childhood acute bacterial meningitis in this setting. METHODS: We prospectively studied 905 children undergoing lumbar puncture at a rural district hospital in Kenya ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Medicine, Tropical Medicine
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Journal:
Lancet
Volume:
357
Issue:
9270
Pages:
1753-1757
Publication date:
2001-06-05
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EISSN:
1474-547X
ISSN:
0140-6736
URN:
uuid:9dc23a9f-6f57-4f60-9049-8569e9b41d90
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37866
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pubs:37866

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