Delayed diagnosis of infantile meningitis. Medical and legal outcomes.

W. J. Wenner, R. Lambert

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While the diagnosis of meningitis in the infant can be difficult due to the lack of definitive signs, a delay in the diagnosis can markedly increase morbidity and mortality. Eighteen cases of meningitis that were reported to a malpractice carrier over 75 months were evaluated for medical and legal outcome. Fourteen had a delay in diagnosis that was judged to have occurred due to substandard care. All had a poor outcome; one half died and the other half had neurologic complications. Four cases resulted in payment to the patient. Median payment was $1,100,000. When care was standard, no payment or legal action occurred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-84
Number of pages3
JournalQuality assurance and utilization review : official journal of the American College of Utilization Review Physicians
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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