Surgical intervention for the complications of meningococcal–induced purpura fulminans

R. Herrera, P. C. Hobar, C. M. Ginsburg

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Purpura fulminans is an infrequent but sometimes catastrophic illness that usually complicates a viral, rickettsial or bacterial infection. This communication presents aretrospective review of 152 patients with meningococcemia hospitalized at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas from January, 1983, through December, 1993. Eighteen (11.9%) of the 152 patients developed purpura fulminans. Thirteen (72%) of the 18 patients with purpura fulminans needed one or more surgeries including skin grafts, local debridement, microvascular flaps or amputations. Five patients (28%) died.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)734-737
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1994


  • Amputation
  • Meningococcal infection
  • Purpura fulminans
  • Surgical intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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