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NUNES, CEUCI et al. Prognostic factors for tuberculous meningoencephalitis lethality. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 1998, vol.56, n.4, pp. 772-777. ISSN 0004-282X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X1998000500012.
In order to describe the lethality predictors of patients with tuberculous meningoencephalitis, records of 231 patients were analysed. Ages ranged from less than 1 year to 68 years. Ninety-seven patients (42%) were four years old or less. Apart from 73.2% of patients whose diagnosis was performed by clinical and epidemiologic criteria associated with response to specific therapy, 26.8% had diagnostic confirmation through cerebrospinal fluid (culture, bacilloscopy, PCR) or necropsy. The lethality predictors were: less than 4 years of age, seizures, and severe alterations of consciousness.
Keywords : tuberculous meningitis; central nervous system tuberculosis; neuro-tuberculosis; prognostic.