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Table 2 Initial antibiotic treatment in S. aureus meningitis.

From: Haematogenous Staphylococcus aureus meningitis. A 10-year nationwide study of 96 consecutive cases

Antibiotics Number, total Number of deaths
Inappropriate antibiotic treatment:   
Ampicillin 4 2
Ampicillin+gentamicin 12 5
Erythromycin 1 1
Penicillin 32 22
Penicillin+gentamicin 3 2
Ampicillin+cefotaxim* 1 1
Mortality in the group   62%
Relevant antibiotic treatment:   
Methicilline 3 1
Methicilline+fusidic acid 2 1
Dicloxacillin 4 0
Dicloxacillin+rifampin 1 1
Dicloxacillin+fusidic acid 1 0
Ceftriaxone 12 5
Vancomycin+ceftriaxone 1 1
Vancomycin+fusidic acid 1 1
Cefuroxime 3 3
Ampicillin** 3 3
Ampicillin+chloramphenicol** 1 0
Penicillin** 2 2
Mortality in the group   5%
Total, No. 87 51
  1. * MRSA strain. ** Penicillin sensitive strains. Mortality between the two groups is not significantly different (P > 0,2).