Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with 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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Consultations may be sought during the acute phase of illness from infectious disease specialists, neurosurgeons, or pediatric intensivists. Hearing testing should be performed at the conclusion of treatment, and posthospitalization interventions for such deficits as are found should be arranged.

Infants and children with prolonged courses or poor outcomes may require consultations from pediatric gastroenterologists. Physical and occupational therapy evaluations and therapy should be initiated as soon as is judged feasible in cases where neurologic abnormalities persist after initial treatment. Children who develop a chronic disability (eg, static encephalopathy), in time, may require the services of pediatric developmental specialists and pediatric orthopedic surgeons.


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