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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 4 (1993), Issue 4, Pages 223-226
Case Report

A Case of Group A Streptococcal Meningitis in an Adult

Andrew LS Pattullo and Eric J Bow

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Received 2 January 1992; Accepted 24 July 1992

Copyright © 1993 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Group A streptococci are an important cause of soft tissue infections but have rarely been reported as the cause of pyogenic meningitis since the advent of antibiotics. A case of group A streptococcal meningitis in an adult is presented along with a review of similar cases reported in the literature. This case serves to illustrate the virulent nature of this pathogen in infections of the meninges, the potential for associated complications, and the need for rapid diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The source of infection in this and many other cases in the literature is the upper respiratory tract. The case presented responded well to antibiotics but resulted in permanent auditory-vestibular dysfunction.