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VOLUME 16 , ISSUE 1 ( January, 2012 ) > List of Articles

CASE REPORT

A rare case of survival from primary amebic meningoencephalitis

Raj Kumar, Sandeep Puri, Parshotam Lal Gautam, Shruti Sharma, Rajinder Bansal

Keywords : Amphotericin B, central nervous system, cerebrospinal fluid, Naegleria fowleri, primary amebic meningoencephalitis

Citation Information : Kumar R, Puri S, Gautam PL, Sharma S, Bansal R. A rare case of survival from primary amebic meningoencephalitis. Indian J Crit Care Med 2012; 16 (1):34-36.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.94432

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

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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