Application of the Bacterial Meningitis Score for Infants Aged 0 to 60 Days

Chris A. Rees, Andrea T. Cruz, Stephen B. Freedman, Prashant Mahajan, Neil G. Uspal, Pamela Okada, Paul L. Aronson, Amy D. Thompson, Paul T. Ishimine, Suzanne M. Schmidt, Nathan Kuppermann, Lise E. Nigrovic

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In 4292 infants aged ≤60 days with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pleocytosis, the bacterial meningitis score had excellent sensitivity (121 of 121 [100.0%] [95% confidence interval, 96.5%-100.0%]) but low specificity (66 of 4171 [1.6%] [95% confidence interval, 1.3%-2.0%]) and therefore should not be applied clinically to infants in this age group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-562
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


  • bacterial meningitis score
  • infants
  • sensitivity
  • specificity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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