Primary amebic meningoencephalitis diagnosed in the emergency department

Ann Emerg Med. 1983 Jan;12(1):35-7. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(83)80132-2.


Reported is a case of primary amebic meningoencephalitis diagnosed in the emergency department. The patient, a previously healthy teenager, developed Naegleria meningoencephalitis after swimming in a freshwater public pool. The Naegleria caused acute fulminating infection culminating in the death of the patient 36 hours after admission. Results of a spinal tap, together with the history of swimming in warm fresh water, led to the emergency department diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Amebiasis / diagnosis*
  • Amebiasis / pathology
  • Brain / pathology
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Meningoencephalitis / diagnosis*
  • Meningoencephalitis / pathology
  • Spinal Cord / pathology