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Meningicoccal Meningitis Missed

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  • Posted By: jfmick
  • January 18, 2008
  • 00:12 AM

My grand daughter is 3 mos old. She was taken to the E.D. on a Sunday with a temperature of 103.5 and lethargic. She was examined by the Physician and given the diagnosis of ear infection and prescribed amoxicillan. No lab tests of any kind were done. She was sent home.

Monday, she seemed some better.

Tuesday evening, she became lethargic and did not eat much. She went to sleep at normal time.

Wednesday morning at 08:00 she was found in her crib by her father unresponsive and cold to the touch. She was rushed to her Pediatrician's office nearby and required respiratory resuscitation upon arrival. Transported to Hospital, intubated and admitted to PICU on the ventilator. Blood cultures revealed Meningicoccal Meningitis.

My inquiry is: Should the E.D. Physician that she saw on Sunday have done further tests to look for more than the ear infection?

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