Haemophilus influenzae serotype e meningitis in an adult

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Kiliç A. U., ALTAY F. A., Gürbüz Y., Otgun S. N., Şencan I.

Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, vol.4, no.4, pp.253-255, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.3855/jidc.765
  • Journal Name: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.253-255
  • Keywords: H. influenzae serotype e, meningitis, transsphenoidal hypophysectomy
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


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. © 2010 Kilic et al.