Actinomyces meyeri meningitis

The need for anaerobic cerebrospinal fluid cultures

Hideharu Hagiya, Fumio Otsuka

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Abstract

We herein present a rare case of Actinomyces meyeri-induced meningitis that occurred in a patient of advanced age with poor oral hygiene. Although Gram staining of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) revealed Gram-positive rods and a blood culture was positive for the organism, a bacterial culture of the CSF was negative. Anaerobic cultures of CSF specimens are not routinely performed; however, anaerobes are sometimes involved in central nervous system infection. We therefore believe that anaerobic cultures should be considered in high-risk cases, such as those involving necrotizing bowel lesions or poor oral hygiene. A negative result on a CSF culture can result in misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-71
Number of pages5
JournalInternal Medicine
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

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Keywords

  • Actinomyces meyeri
  • Anaerobic culture
  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Meningitis
  • Poor oral hygiene

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  • Internal Medicine

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Actinomyces meyeri meningitis : The need for anaerobic cerebrospinal fluid cultures. / Hagiya, Hideharu; Otsuka, Fumio.

In: Internal Medicine, Vol. 53, No. 1, 01.01.2014, p. 67-71.

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