Haemophilus influenzae serotype e meningitis in an adult

Kilic A. U. , Altay F. A. , Gurbuz Y., Otgun S. N. , Sencan I.

JOURNAL OF INFECTION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, cilt.4, ss.253-255, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Cilt numarası: 4 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3855/jidc.765
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.253-255


The incidence of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) invasive disease has declined significantly in countries with routine infant Hib immunization. Accordingly, infections caused by other H. influenzae serotypes or by encapsulated H. influenzae strains are of growing interest. H. influenzae serotype e (Hie) is a rare cause of infection. Invasive Hie infections reported in adults are generally in individuals who had previous underlying conditions, in contrast to infections in childhood. We present the first report of Hie meningitis in Turkey. It is of interest that meningitis due to this organism occured as a complication of transsphenoidal hypophysectomy, which to our knowledge has never been documented. Further identification of H. influenzae strains isolated from patients with invasive disease, especially those with predisposing factors and/or who have been vaccinated, is essential.