Korean J Clin Microbiol.  2005 Apr;8(1):90-93.

Listeria monocytogenes Meningitis in a Patient with End Stage Renal Disease

  • 1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea. u931018@wonju.yonsei.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.


Listeria monocytogenes is the causative agent in a spectrum of human disease ranging from gastroenteritis to invasive infections such as meningitis, encephalitis, and septicemia. Elderly patients or persons who have lower cell-mediated immunity with predisposing conditions such as transplants, lymphomas, and AIDS, are especially susceptible. The tropism of L.monocytogenes for the central nervous system leads to severe disease, often with high mortality. We report a case of L. monocytogenes meningitis in a 58-year old woman with end stage renal disease. The patient was discharged without neurological sequelae after antibiotic treatment.


Meningitis; Listeria monocytogenes; End stage renal disease
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