Springer Nature is making SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research free. View research | View latest news | Sign up for updates

Early onset neonatal infection with Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C: case report and literature review

  • 145 Accesses

  • 8 Citations


Although Neisseria meningitidis is one of the major causes of meningitis in children and adolescents, meningococcal disease should also be considered as part of the differential diagnoses in the newborn period.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.


  1. 1.

    Arango CA, Rathore MH (1996) Neonatal meningococcal meningitis: case reports and review of literature. Pediatr Infect Dis J 15: 1134–1136

  2. 2.

    Bhutta ZA, Khan IA, Agha Z (1991) Fatal intrauterine meningococcal infection. Pediatr Infect Dis J 10: 868–869

  3. 3.

    Carmona EM, Teizido JV (1953) Two cases of meningococcic meningitis in the first week of life. Cited. Am J Dis Child 86: 810

  4. 4.

    Chugh K, Bhalla CK, Joshi KK (1988) Meningococcal brain abscess and meningitis in a neonate. Pediatr Infect Dis J 7: 136–137

  5. 5.

    Edwards MS, Baker CJ (2001) Group B streptococcal infections. In: Remington JS, Klein JO (eds) Infectious diseases of the fetus and newborn infant, 5th edn. Saunders, Philadelphia, pp 1091–1156

  6. 6.

    Ellis M, Weindling AM, Davidson DC, Ho N, Damjanovic V (1992) Neonatal meningococcal conjunctivitis associated with meningococcal meningitis. Arch Dis Child 67: 1219–1220

  7. 7.

    Embree J, Law BJ, Williams T, Edye-Mazowita G (1987) Early onset neonatal sepsis due to Neisseria meningitidis W135. Pediatr Infect Dis J 6: 299–300

  8. 8.

    Kao YE, Chow SJ, Lu HY (1956) Purulent meningitis in the newborn. Clin Med J 74: 573–577

  9. 9.

    Katier N, Traen M, Dooy JD, Geyskens L, Mahieu L (2003) Neonatal purpura due to Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C infection. Eur J Pediatr 162: 283–284

  10. 10.

    Koplick H (1916) Meningitis in the newborn and in infants under three months of age. Arch Pediatr 33: 481–500

  11. 11.

    Sunderland WA, Harris HH, Spence DA, Lawson HW (1972) Meningococcemia in a newborn infant whose mother had meningococcal vaginitis. J Pediatr 81: 856

Download references

Author information

Correspondence to Chih-Chien Wang.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Lo, W., Yuh, Y., Wang, C. et al. Early onset neonatal infection with Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C: case report and literature review. Eur J Pediatr 162, 785–787 (2003).

Download citation


  • Early onset
  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • Neonatal