MRSA meningitis -Reply

Steven Projan PROJANS at war.wyeth.com
Thu Oct 3 13:40:15 EST 1996

Dean Jenkins posted:
"We are treating a case of methicillin resistant staphylococcus
aureus  (MRSA) meningitis and the patient is doing reasonably well.
Having  searched Medline and asked colleagues there seem to be very
few  experiences of this condition in humans.

Has anyone else treated such a case and does anyone have particular 
knowledge. We would be very keen to hear from you."

Staph. aureus meningitis is not all that rare, infrequent may be a
better term (probably 2 to 4% of community acquired cases depending
on the study - the best being a Danish study).   However, since most
cases are community acquired, meningitis due to MRSA may indeed be
rare. Keep in mind that MRSA is more commonly associated with
nosocomial infections (where we inadvertently infect the patients in
hospitals) than community acquired infections.

Exactly how did you treat this patient and how was strain
charactrized as MRSA?

Steve Projan
Wyeth-Ayerst Research

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