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Revista de la Sociedad Boliviana de Pediatría

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GUARACHI CATARI, Betty. Characteristics of neuroinfection in children from 0 to 14 years-old at the Children's Hospital "Dr. Ovidio Aliaga Uría". Rev. bol. ped. [online]. 2011, vol.50, n.2, pp.70-74. ISSN 1024-0675.

Neuroinfections in children is a serious disease with high morbidity and mortality. Objectives: To describe the characteristics of meningitis en children less than 14 years of age admitted to the Hospital del Niño "Ovidio Aliaga Uría". Methods: Retrospective and descriptive study of children under 14 years of age with the diagnosis of meningitis Results: Of 280 cases, 44.6% were bacterial meningitis, 32.1% tuberculous meningitis and 6.8% with negative cultures. The prevalent signs were: fever, seizures and hypoactivity. The most common bacteria were H. Influenzae. 60% of children received the pentavalent vaccine. Conclusions: 0.3% of the present admissions to our hospital is due to meningitis; ten years ago they represented 1.2% of the admissions. Bacterial meningitis is the most common cause.

Keywords : Meningitis; encephalitis; neuroinfections.

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