Massive diarrhoea and sepsis due to an infection with Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W

Neth J Med. 2019 Apr;77(3):116-118.


Invasive meningococcal disease is associated with significant mortality. Classic presentation consists of high fever, headache and neck stiffness. Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W may present with atypical symptoms, which complicates recognition. Furthermore, it is associated with a high case fatality rate.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diarrhea / diagnosis
  • Diarrhea / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Meningococcal Infections / complications*
  • Meningococcal Infections / diagnosis
  • Meningococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Neisseria meningitidis, Serogroup W-135*
  • Sepsis / diagnosis
  • Sepsis / microbiology*
  • Young Adult