Detection of Acute Childhood Meningitis using PCR in a group of Children at Childs Central Teaching Hospital/Baghdad

Authors

  • Rana Fahmi Shitran,1 Warqaa Y. Khudur 1, Mohammed E. Atallah2

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10505

Keywords:

PCR; Childs central teaching; childhood; Baghdad

Abstract

Bacterial meningitis is an important cause of death in both developed and developing world.

The study was done on 116 patients admitted to child central teaching hospital in Baghdad ,and diagnosed

with meningitis depending on CSF findings and PCR results while determination of type of microorganism

depend on PCR result . In this study we aimed to assess the patients regarding their numbers ,clinical

manifestations , complications and type of bacteria causing the disease .Regarding the results of PCR,

streptococcus meningitis at the top of the list for the bacterial causes while no any reported cases with

Hemophillus influenza and this could be referred to the program of vaccination applied in Iraq which included

the vaccines against both types of bacteria. Results :of 116 patient involved in this study, majority (44%)

were below 1 year ,with male predominance (57.8 %).most of the patients symptoms between 1-3 days

(56%).all patients presented with fever. The diagnosis depend on the PCR results (57.8%) were negative and

(37.9%) showed streptococcal infection .All blood culture were surprisingly negative because majority of

included patients received antibiotics in outpatient visits before admission and diagnosis.

Patients admitted and followed up to one year for development of complications. Sixteen cases developed

complications, (3.4%) of them with subdural effusion and most of complication occur in streptococcal

positive PCR results .

Author Biography

Rana Fahmi Shitran,1 Warqaa Y. Khudur 1, Mohammed E. Atallah2

1 Lecturer, Department of pediatrics , University of Anbar/ Iraq, 2Specialist, Alramadi

Teaching Hospital for Maternity and Childhood /Iraq

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

Rana Fahmi Shitran,1 Warqaa Y. Khudur 1, Mohammed E. Atallah2. (2020). Detection of Acute Childhood Meningitis using PCR in a group of Children at Childs Central Teaching Hospital/Baghdad. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 1013-1017. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10505