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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34--36

A rare case of survival from primary amebic meningoencephalitis


1 Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Division, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
2 Intensivist, Critical Care Division, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
3 Department of Medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
4 Department of Microbiology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
5 Department of Neurology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Shruti Sharma
Intensivist, Critical Care Division, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.94432

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Primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) is a rare and fatal disease of central nervous system (CNS) caused by Naegleria fowleri, an ameba found in soils and warm waters. It enters the CNS after insufflation of infected water by attaching itself to the olfactory nerves. The infection is usually difficult to diagnose and has a poor prognosis. The present case is one such case in which CSF examination led us to the diagnosis of PAM and finally to a favorable outcome when treated with Amphoterracin B and antibiotics.






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