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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
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BISSON, Gregory P et al. Cryptococcus and lymphocytic meningitis in Botswana. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2008, vol.98, n.9, pp.724-725. ISSN 2078-5135.

We retrospectively reviewed microbiological data from a tertiary care hospital in Botswana, and found that Cryptococcus neoformans was cultured from 15% (193/1 307) of all cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens submitted for analysis, making it the most common diagnosed cause of meningitis in this population. Moreover, almost 70% of CSF samples with significant lymphocytosis did not yield a pathogen, suggesting that many causes of lymphocytic meningitis go undiagnosed.

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