Table 1

First world data showing the incidence of bacterial meningitis and possible occult bacterial meningitis following a febrile convulsion

AuthorsDate of publicationJournalNumber of children with febrile fitNumber with bacterial meningitisNumber with signs of meningitis
Studies identifying children with bacterial meningitis that was either unsuspected clinically or in which clinical features of meningitis were not recorded are shown in bold.
*The number in brackets indicates the number of children who had normal CSF at the time of admission.
Teach and GeilFebruary 1999 Pediatr Emerg Care 243 0 0
Van Stuijvenberg et alOctober 1998 J Pediatr 203 0 0
Kinsella et alMay 1995 Int J Pediatr Otolaryngol 47 0 0
Dawson and CapaldiJune 1994 J Qual Clin Pract 100 0 0
Lee and Verrier Jones November 1991 Arch Dis Child 403 1 0 (not recorded)
McIntyreet al February 1990 Med J Aust 307 2 (1)* 0 (not recorded)
Anderson et alMarch 1989 Pediatr Emerg Care 100 0 0
Rossi et alMay 1986 Helv Paediatr Acta 858 3 3
Joffeet al December 1983 Am J Dis Child 241 11 10
Jaffe et alMay 1981 Pediatrics 562 6 6
Gerber and BerlinerMay 1981 Am J Dis Child 100 0 0
SurpureMay 1980 Clin Pediatr 39 0 0
Lorber and SunderlandApril 1980 Lancet 452 3 3
Heijbel et alFebruary 1980 Neuropadiatrie 119 4 4
Rutter and Smales March 1977 Arch Dis Child 328 3 (2) 0
Total410233 (3)26