Cryptococcus and Lymphocytic Meningitis In Botswana
We retrospectively reviewed microbiology data from a tertiary care hospital in Botswana and found that Cryptococcus neoformans was cultured from 15% (193/1307) of all cerebrospinal (CSF) fluid specimens submitted for analysis, making it the most common diagnosed cause of meningitis in this population. Moreover, almost 70% of CSF samples with significant lymphocytosis did not yield a pathogen, suggesting that many causes of lymphocytic meningitis are going undiagnosed.
John Lukes, Department of Psychology, University of San Diego, San Diego, California
Isaac Mtoni, National Health Laboratory, Gaborone
Rob Roy MacGregor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cryptococcus; epidemiology; opportunistic infections
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South African Medical Journal 2008;98(9):724.
Date submitted: 2008-04-05
Date published: 2008-08-06
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