Research on treating bacterial meningitis

December 2016

Clinical Resources

Country of origin: USA

Bacterial 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.

Resources

Demand Management Plan For Immunoglobulin Use October 2017 A report, ?Demand management plan for immunoglobulin use?, makes recommendations on appropriate indications for...
Best Practice In Managing Risk October 2017 This framework is a guide for mental health professionals working with service users to assess risk. It underpins risk...
Tuberculosis Prevention and Treatment Toolkit October 2017 In order to assist the NHS with implementing the TB action plan, Stopping Tuberculosis in England, the Department of Health...
Management of the Fractured Edentulous Atrophic Mandible October 2017 Fractures of the toothless brittle and weakened lower jaw are fairly common in elderly people. Options for treatment...
Revised Standards Of Proficiency October 2017 The Health Professions Council has launched updated standards of proficiency for twelve of the thirteen professions they...
Planning For The Management Of Burn-Injured Patients October 2017 Best practice guidance has been published to describe a general set of principles to NHS organisations in planning,...
National Guideline Clearinghouse September 2017 NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) External Web Site Policy, U.S. Department of...
Free Online Medical Dictionaries September 2017 The dictionaries are dedicated to providing definitions to medical terminology found in the medical news today.

The...
Elsevier Journals September 2017 Elsevier is a leading publisher of health science books and journals, helping to advance medicine by delivering superior...
Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Website September 2017 The CAN-R website is aimed at supporting and educating Canadian healthcare providers and researchers on the escalating...
Search by Keyword