BALTIMORE (AP) - Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital say quick diagnosis and treatment are important in preventing serious illness and death from meningitis from recalled medications.
An article published online in Annals of Internal Medicine Thursday says a 51-year-old woman went to an emergency room with a headache in August a week after getting an epidural cervical injection for neck pain. The researchers say the woman was released but returned the next day with vertigo, nausea and other symptoms and was admitted.
The article says the woman worsened and was transferred to Hopkins three days later. Despite treatment, the patient died 10 days after her first admission. An autopsy showed severe brain damage.
Health officials say one person in Maryland died and 15 have been sickened after receiving the steroid injections.