IPLab:Lab 9:Bacterial Meningitis

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Clinical Summary

This 45-year-old white female with a history of psychiatric illness sustained self-inflicted third degree burns over 49% of her body surface. After initially doing well under treatment, she developed severe respiratory distress and became comatose. Antemortem blood cultures were positive for Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Autopsy Findings

At autopsy the principal findings were in the lungs and brain. Bronchopneumonia was present in all lobes of both lungs. The brain weighed 1450 gramsAn average adult female brain weighs 1400 grams (range: 1100 to 1700 grams). and the leptomeninges contained a thick yellow purulent exudate most prominent over the frontoparietal areas and at the base of the brain.


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