Research on treating bacterial meningitis
Country of origin: USA
Click for Full Details: www.jci.orgBacterial meningitis in children is a devastating condition, which if left untreated can lead to deafness, seizures, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and other forms of brain damage. There have been many cases of medical malpractice in emergency rooms for the failure to properly diagnosis and treat meningitis in children. Important signs such as severe headache, neck (nuchal) rigidity, high temperatures and extreme irritability are often disregarded in busy emergency rooms and by untrained doctors. The infant is discharged without taking an important spinal tap and instituting prompt antibiotics.
Now a new study published in the September 2005 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation may lead to a different type of therapy designed to prevent the bacteria from passing through the blood brain barrier from the blood stream into the brain. The key to effective treatment is preventing or stopping the progression of the germs from travelling from the blood into the brain. When this occurs the lining of the brain called the meninges becomes inflamed. The new research is aimed at preventing the bacterial to pass through this blood brain barrier.
The entire study can be viewed online.