Meningococcal group A sepsis associated with rare manifestations and complicated by Kawasaki-like disease

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Mar;25(3):190-2. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31819a8bab.


Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A septicemia and the development of Kawasaki disease in a 10-month-old male infant are described. The patient also experienced a number of primary/septic manifestations as consequences of the direct infectious assault and secondary/hypersensitivity immune-mediated complications. The present observation indicates an etiological relationship between invasive meningococcal infection group A and Kawasaki disease, an association in favor of superantigen-induced theory for the latter occurrence.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • DNA, Bacterial / analysis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Meningococcal Infections / complications*
  • Meningococcal Infections / diagnosis
  • Meningococcal Infections / microbiology
  • Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome / etiology*
  • Neisseria meningitidis, Serogroup A / genetics
  • Neisseria meningitidis, Serogroup A / isolation & purification*
  • Sepsis / complications*
  • Sepsis / diagnosis
  • Sepsis / microbiology


  • DNA, Bacterial