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Intern Med. 2007;46(4):195-8. Epub 2007 Feb 15.

Haemophilus influenzae type e meningitis and bacteremia in a healthy adult.

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Internal Medicine Services Division, Dhahran Health Center, Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


Haemophilus influenzae type b causes more than 95% of serious H. influenzae meningitis. H. influenzae type e (Hie) has been implicated in a few cases of meningitis. Here, we present an adult Saudi patient with Hie meningitis and review the literature. The patient, a 19-year-old Saudi male with no significant past medical history, was noted by his family to have some changes in his mentation, confusion and refusal to eat; subsequently, he became unresponsive. Cerebrospinal fluid and blood culture grew Hie. The patient was treated with intravenous ceftriaxone with full recovery.

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