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J Child Neurol. 2006 Jul;21(7):591-5.

Long survival following bacterial meningitis-associated brain destruction.

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Department of Pathology, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE 68131, USA.

Abstract

This report describes the brain autopsy of a boy who at age 4(1/2) years experienced an episode of fulminant Haemophilus influenzae type b bacterial meningitis, resulting in massive brain destruction and the clinical signs of brain death. However, medical intervention maintained him for an additional two decades. Subsequent autopsy revealed a calcified intracranial spherical structure weighing 750 g and consisting of a calcified shell containing grumous material and cystic spaces with no recognizable neural elements grossly or microscopically. This case represents an example of long survival of brain death with a living body.

PMID:
16970850
DOI:
10.1177/08830738060210070401
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