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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 19, Issue 4, Pages 306-308
Case Report

Group A Streptococcal Meningitis in a Pediatric Patient

Sergio Fanella and Joanne Embree

Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Received 14 January 2008; Accepted 4 June 2008

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A case of group A streptococcal meningitis is reported in a 14-year-old girl with a history of recurrent otitis media. She presented to the emergency room with an altered level of consciousness; the organism was isolated from her spinal fluid and blood. Her course was complicated by a left-sided sinus vein thrombosis with extension to the external jugular vein, which has previously been reported in the literature only once. Streptococcus pyogenes is a common cause of invasive infections, but is a highly uncommon cause of meningitis.