Cerebrospinal fluid lactic acid levels in meningitides in children

S. C. Singhal, J. C. Lall, H. Singh, V. P. Aggarwal, K. N. Rao

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Cerebrospinal fluid lactic acid estimation was done in 45 children, 15 each of TBM, pyogenic meningitis and encephalitis. The level was significantly higher in pyogenic meningitis (71.64±39.20 mg%) cent) as compared to the values observed in TBM (36.42±2.92 mg%, encephalitis (19.50±5.50 mg%) and controls (10.65±3.52 mg%). In cases of TBM, the level was significantly higher than in cases of encephalitis and controls. However, a considerable overlap was observed in C.S.F. lactic acid levels in various types of meningitides - limiting its diagnostic value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)891-894
Number of pages4
JournalIndian pediatrics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 1981
Externally publishedYes

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