Table 3

Numbers of articles and cases reviewed by region

Region

No. articles

Total no. confirmed BM cases with follow-up

Median no. confirmed BM cases with follow-up (min, max)

Total no. evaluated for in-hospital sequelae

Total no. evaluated for post-discharge sequelae


Eastern Meningitis

6

584

81 (32, 224)

431

80

Middle Meningitis

3

340

99 (67, 174)

211

67

Western Meningitis

12

2,394

85 (23, 654)

1,353

168

Africa Eastern

3

284

83 (52, 149)

173

0

Africa Middle

2

494

(91, 403)

332

0

Africa Northern

9

1,793

118 (20, 697)

457

816

Africa Southern

2

140

(61, 79)

104

0

Total

37

6,029

3,061

1,131


A total of 3,061 survivors were evaluated for in-hospital sequelae. Most of the in-hospital sequelae data comes from the western Africa meningitis belt region. Much less data is available on post-discharge sequelae (n = 1,131 cases) because survivors of bacterial meningitis were lost to follow-up or died after hospital discharge. Most of the post-discharge data comes from the northern Africa region.

BM = bacterial meningitis.

Ramakrishnan et al. BMC Medicine 2009 7:47   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-7-47

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