Functional and behavioral outcome of bacterial meningitis in school-aged survivors
Background: Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection with high morbidity and a significant risk for neurological and functional sequelae. The purpose of this study was to assess children and teenagers with a history of bacterial meningitis for functional and behavioral problems. Methods: Thirty children and teenagers who suffered bacterial meningitis beyond the age of 6 months were compared against 30 healthy controls for functional and behavioral problems. Both groups were assessed using the Child Behavior Checklist by Achenbach for abilities and behavioral problems. Results: No significant difference was found between the two groups. Conclusion: School-aged survivors of bacterial meningitis beyond the first 6 months of life have a very good prognosis with regards to competence and behavior.