oa Professional Nursing Today - Bacterial meningitis : paediatrics
Bacterial meningitis is a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the mem-branes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by several different types of bacteria; in children outside the newborn period, the three most common are Haemophilus influenzae type b, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis. Bacterial meningitis can result in hearing loss, intellectual deficits, balance disturbances and paralysis, and is a significant cause of illness and death in children.
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