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Type Journal Article - SAMJ: South African Medical Journal
Title Cryptococcus and Lymphocytic Meningitis in Botswana
Volume 98
Issue 9
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Page numbers 724-725
URL http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?pid=S0256-95742008000900022&script=sci_arttext&tlng=en
We retrospectively reviewed microbiological data from a tertiary care hospital in Botswana, and found that Cryptococcus neoformans was cultured from 15% (193/1 307) of all cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens submitted for analysis, making it the most common diagnosed cause of meningitis in this population. Moreover, almost 70% of CSF samples with significant lymphocytosis did not yield a pathogen, suggesting that many causes of lymphocytic meningitis go undiagnosed.

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