A PAEDIATRIC DEATH DUE TO MENINGITIS-AN AUTOPSY DIAGNOSIS OF A RARE COMPLICATION OF INFLUENZA B INFECTION

Authors

  • Hulathduwa S. R. Senior Lecturer, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawerdenepure, Sri Lanka https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4583-2703
  • Borukgama N. Registrar in Forensic Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faulty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenepure, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5956-8969

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29121/granthaalayah.v9.i4.2021.3905

Keywords:

Influenza-Associated Encephalopathy, Paediatric Deaths, Seizure, Cerebral Oedema

Abstract

Influenza virus belongs to a group of single-stranded RNA viruses in the fam- ily Orthomyxoviridae.  They are subdivided into four types as A, B, C and D.  As Influenza B is considered a milder form of infection not known to be caus- ing pandemics compared to Influenza A, it is equally a less researched topic than Influenza A. However, few studies have shown that the mortality associ- ated with pediatric Influenza B infection is equal to or sometimes even greater than the mortality associated with Influenza A. Complications of Influenza A or B virus infection include pneumonia, myositis, myocarditis and encephali- tis/encephalopathy. Influenza-associated encephalitis/encephalopathy (IAE) is a rare complication of Influenza infection which is commoner following infec- tion with type A. This case elaborates a death of a three-year-old child due to meningoencephalitis following Influenza Type B infection.

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Published

2021-05-12

How to Cite

Hulathduwa, S. R., & Borukgama, N. (2021). A PAEDIATRIC DEATH DUE TO MENINGITIS-AN AUTOPSY DIAGNOSIS OF A RARE COMPLICATION OF INFLUENZA B INFECTION. International Journal of Research -GRANTHAALAYAH, 9(4), 590–595. https://doi.org/10.29121/granthaalayah.v9.i4.2021.3905