Which complete blood count findings are characteristic of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) meningitis?

Updated: Jul 09, 2018
  • Author: Prateek Lohia, MD, MHA; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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At presentation, the majority of patients with H influenzae type b (Hib) meningitis have an elevated white blood cell (WBC) count, with a left shift. As with Hib epiglottitis, counts in excess of 20,000/µL may be found.


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