Table 2: Characteristics and findings in children with meningitis included in this study ( ).

VariableOverallSensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)
(%)Normal ( )Mild/moderate ( )Severe/profound ( )Test

Biometrics
 Age in months (median, range)14 (5–120)15 (5–120)10 (6–108)14 (6–120) *
 Males49/83 (59%)29/4713/227/14

Anthropometric
 Weight, mean score (SD)ξ−0.89 (1.96)−0.81 (2.10)−1.24 (1.76)−0.60 (1.84) *
 Malnourished (Yes)15/83 (18.1%)9/474/222/14

Clinical variables
History
 Seizures64/82 (78.1%) 30/4621/2213/14
Examination
 Fever (Y)54/83 (65.1%)32/4717/225/14
Level of consciousness (GCS)
 Coma score < 813/83 (15.7%)1/479/223/14
 Coma score > 870/83 (84.3%)46/4713/2211/14
 Cranial nerve palsy (Y)8/83 (9.6)0/474/224/14

Laboratory
CSF culture
 No growth66/83 (79.5%)46/4713/227/14
 Other7/83 (8.4%)1/474/222/14
Streptococcus pneumonia 10/83 (12.1%)0/475/227/14
CSF biochemistry
 CSF glucose
  Median, range (g/dL)29.7 (21.5–90)31.2 (21.5–90)27.7 (22.2–90)27.2 (21.5–90) *
  >40 mg/dL7/83 (8.4%)2/474/221/14
  <40 mg/dL76/83 (91.6%)
 CSF protein
  Median, range225 (11–952)231 (123–952)222.5 (11–952)189.5 (128–653) *
  <100 mg/dL0/83 (0)000
  >100 mg/dL,83/83 (100%)47/4722/2214/14

All palsies involved the Abducens (Cranial nerve VI); ξbased on CDC growth charts, US version 2000; *Levene’s robust test statistic for the equality of variances between the groups.
GCS: Glasgow Coma Scale.