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A 5-year-old boy presented with fever for 4 days and acute-onset weakness of the right upper and lower limb for 1 day. There was no history of headache, seizures, vomiting and altered sensorium, rash or bleeding from any site. On examination, he had normal mentation, neck stiffness, Kernig’s sign, right-sided upper motor neuron facial palsy and right hemiparesis. The rest of the systemic examination was unremarkable. A clinical diagnosis of acute meningitis with left Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA) territory stroke was made.
Cerebrospinal fluid examination revealed 980 cells/µL (90% polymorphonuclear leucocytes and 10% lymphocytes), glucose 47 mg/dL, proteins 110 mg/dL and Neisseria meningitides antigen was positive; however, no organism could be isolated on microscopy and culture. He was unimmunised for meningococcal vaccine. Blood culture was sterile. Detailed …
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