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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 120--122

Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis in an infant

Neetu Mittal1, Lokesh Mahajan2, Zahid Hussain2, Parakriti Gupta3, Sumeeta Khurana3 
1 Department of Microbiology, QRG Central Hospital and Research Centre, Faridabad, Haryana, India
2 Department of Pediatrics, QRG Health City, Faridabad, Haryana, India
3 Department of Medical Parasitology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Dr. Sumeeta Khurana
Department of Medical Parasitology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
India

Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis is rare but fatal disease encountered in immunocompetent individuals. Here, we present a case of a previously healthy 8-month-old female child, who presented with features of meningoencephalitis of 2 days' duration. Rapidly moving trophozoites of amoeba were observed in cerebrospinal fluid, which were confirmed to be Naegleria fowleri on polymerase chain reaction. Broad-spectrum antimicrobial therapy with ceftriaxone, vancomycin, amphotericin B and acyclovir was initiated. However, the patient deteriorated and left the hospital against medical advice. The isolation of N. fowleri in this case demands for increased awareness for prompt diagnosis and management in view of its high mortality.

How to cite this article:
Mittal N, Mahajan L, Hussain Z, Gupta P, Khurana S. Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis in an infant.Indian J Med Microbiol 2019;37:120-122

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Mittal N, Mahajan L, Hussain Z, Gupta P, Khurana S. Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis in an infant. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Jul 9 ];37:120-122
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