Cranial computed tomography in purulent meningitis of childhood

Tuncer U., Caksen H., Arslan S., Atas B., Uner A., Oner A., ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, vol.114, no.2, pp.167-174, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 114 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00207450490269435
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.167-174
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: No


The cranial computed tomography (CT),findings of 48 children with purulent meningitis were examined, prospectively, to determine the importance of cranial CT findings on the prognosis of childhood meningitis, in a developing country. The age of children ranged from 2 months to 13 years. Of 48 patients, 29 (60.5%) survived without sequelae, 13 (27%) survived with sequelae, and six (12.5%) died. Cranial CT was normal in 21 (43%) patients of 48 children with meningitis at admission. Abnormal CT findings were detected in 10, H, and 6 children in the groups of survived without sequelae, survived with sequelae, and deaths, respectively, at admission (p < .05) We found that CT scan results were correlated with neurological signs (p < .05). At least one or more cranial CTs were was re-taken in children in whom the first CT revealed abnormal findings; we did not find a statistically significant difference for the follow-up CT findings between the groups (p > .05). Hydrocephalus and subdural effusion were the commonest abnormal CT findings. In conclusion, our findings showed that cranial CT may safely be used to detect intracranial complications of meningitis in childhood and the ratio of sequelae and death were more common in children with abnormal cranial CT than those of normal cranial CT findings. Additionally, there was a positive correlation between CT scan results and neurological signs.