Meningorectal fistula as a cause of polymicrobial anaerobic meningitis

T. J. Walsh, R. A. Weinstein, H. Malinoff, M. D. Breyer, B. A. Berelowitz

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


A 49-year-old diabetic woman developed polymicrobial anaerobic meningitis secondary to a meningorectal fistula one year after receiving neutron beam therapy for a rectal adenocarcinoma. The meningitis was refractory to chloramphenicol and penicillin but responded to oral metronidazole. Sustained eradication of meningitis was achieved with continued metronidazole for 5 1/2 months, despite persistence of the fistula. Metronidazole may be a superior antimicrobial agent for polymicrobial anaerobic meningitis, especially when caused by a large or continuing bacterial inoculum. This meningorectal fistula is the first of its kind to our knowledge to be demonstrated by microbiologic, radiologic, and pathologic studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-130
Number of pages4
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Meningorectal fistula as a cause of polymicrobial anaerobic meningitis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this