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Group C streptococcus meningitis: a very uncommon condition

, : Group C streptococcus meningitis: a very uncommon condition. Neurologia 23(9): 604-606

Group C streptococci (GCS) are pathogens that often cause disease in domestic animals. However, infection in the human being is uncommon and generally occurs in those who are in contact with animals or who are immunocompromised. A 30 year old woman, cocaine and cannabis abuser and in contact with horses was admitted to intensive care unit due to coma secondary to GCS meningitis. The infection resulted in intracranial hypertension and tetraparesis. Its etiology was determined by means of cerebrospinal fluid culture. Treatment with cefotaxime was successful and she made a full recovery. There are few case reports of GCS meningitis. In our case, although the disease course was torpid, treatment response and recovery were excellent. Drug abuse and horse contact were key factors in the development of the infection.


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