Hydrocephalus and Tuberculous Meningitis in Children: Report on 26 cases

  • M. Gelabert
  • M. Castro-Gago


Of the many complications of tuberculous meningitis, hydrocephalus constitutes the most common. We present the evolution and results in 26 children with tuberculous meningitis with special attention to the cases that have developed hydrocephalus. Table summarizes the clinical features of our patients. The patients were graded according to the three stages described by Lincoln:
  • Grade I: Nonspecific symptoms; signs of meningitis; alert with no neurological deficits.

  • Grade II: Patients with meningitis; alert with neurological deficits.

  • Grade III: Unconscious with severe neurological deficits. In all patients a CT scan was carried out. No grade-I patients had hydrocephalus; all children in stage III had mild or severe ventricular enlargement.

Key words

Computed tomography Hydrocephalus Tuberculous meningitis 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Gelabert
    • 1
  • M. Castro-Gago
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryHospital General de GaliciaSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  2. 2.Department of NeuropediatricsHospital General de GaliciaSantiago de CompostelaSpain

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