Tuberculous meningitis in a puerperal woman Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Amphotericin B
  • Antiprotozoal Agents
  • Leishmaniasis, Visceral


  • Although tuberculous meningitis (TBM) rarely complicates pregnancy and seldom occurs in puerperal women, the prognosis for such patients has been surprisingly poor. Despite a younger patient population and the availability of effective antituberculous therapy, between 32% and 68% of pregnant or puerperal women with TBM have died. We report a case of TBM in a previously healthy woman whose signs and symptoms developed immediately after delivery and were initially attributed to postpartum depression and a puerperal-acquired bacterial infection. Although unusual, this case illustrates another clinical setting in which reactivated tuberculosis may first be manifested.

publication date

  • December 1980



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/jama.244.21.2440

PubMed ID

  • 6776303

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 2440


  • 244


  • 21