A New Diagnostic Scoring for Discrimination of Tuberculous and Bacterial Meningitis on the Basis of Clinical and Laboratory Findings


ERSOY Y. , Yetkin F. , Bayraktar M. R. , ERSOY Y. , YOLOĞLU S.

MEDICAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE, cilt.21, ss.259-263, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 21 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1159/000333808
  • Dergi Adı: MEDICAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.259-263

Özet

Objectives: The aim of this study was to develop a new diagnostic index (DI) on the basis of clinical and laboratory findings including serum C-reactive protein (CRP) for tuberculous meningitis (TM) and bacterial meningitis (BM). Subjects and Methods: During a 7-year period, 96 adult patients with meningitis (30 with TM and 66 with BM) were studied retrospectively. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to investigate the diagnostic value of clinical and laboratory parameters as independent predictors on discrimination of tuberculous from BM patients. Results: Six features predictive for diagnosis including age, CSF leukocyte count, PML dominance, length of illness, serum CRP level and blood WBC count were used. The DI model developed from these features had very high sensitivity and specificity rates of 100.0 and 95.4%, respectively. The sensitivity and specificity rates were 97.4 and 100%, respectively, in microbiologically proven cases. Conclusion: Our results suggested that this new DI which consists of simple clinical and laboratory parameters had the power to discriminate adult patients with documented tuberculous and BM (excluding Brucella meningitis). It should, however, be tested in prospective studies. Copyright (C) 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel