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Korean J Pediatr 2010 May;53(5) :653-656.
doi:https://doi.org/10.3345/kjp.2010.53.5.653
A case of meningoencephalitis caused by Listeria monocytogenes in a healthy child
Ji Eun Lee (Lee JE), Won Kyoung Cho (Cho WK), Chan Hee Nam (Nam CH), Min Ho Jung (Jung MH), Jin Han Kang (Kang JH), Byung Kyu Suh (Suh BK)
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Byung Kyu Suh ,Email: suhbk@catholic.ac.kr
Copyright © 2010 by The Korean Pediatric Society
ABSTRACT
Listeria monocytogenes is a facultative anaerobic, gram-positive bacillus that is isolated from the soil, vegetables, and wild or domestic animals. Listeria occurs predominantly in the elderly, immunocompromised patients, pregnant women and newborns. Infections by this microorganism are rare in healthy infants and children. L. monocytogenes may cause meningitis, meningoencephalitis, brain abscess, pyogenic arthritis, osteomyelitis, and liver abscesses in children. The course of meningoencephalitis by listeria is often severe and even fatal. Acute hydrocephalus can develop as a complication and the mortality associated with listeriosis is significantly high. We present a case of meningoencephalitis caused by L. monocytogenes in a previously healthy 7-year-old girl.
Keywords: Listeria monocytogenes | Meningoencephalitis | complications | Hydrocephalus | Child
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