Meningitis and bacteraemia due to Listeria monocytogenes in compromised hosts

Mosche C. Maayan, Cilla Wajsman, Yeshayahu Nitzan

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The clinical history of 3 adult patients infected by Listeria monocytogenes is presented. One patient with chronic lymphatic leukaemia developed purulent meningitis; the 2 others had chronic renal failure and were undergoing routine haemodialysis. Of the latter, one developed meningitis and the other bacteraemia after receiving 2 blood transfusions. Immunosuppression, or the underlying disease of the hosts, probably played a role in permitting the infection to establish itself. The rural environment may also have been conducive to the transfer of this particular, rarely infectious, micro-organism to these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-79
Number of pages3
JournalPostgraduate Medical Journal
Issue number664
StatePublished - Feb 1981


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