To the Editor.—

I read with interest the article, "Normal Cerebrospinal Fluid Values in Children: Another Look," by Portnoy and Olson (Pediatrics 1985;75:484-487). Their data certainly have relevance to the problem of interpretation of minimal pleocytosis discovered in the evaluation of the febrile child. Perhaps, because they excluded patients with CNS disease from chart review, they failed to find an additional useful piece of information, ie, the incidence of bacterial meningitis in children with the same or similar CSF pleocytosis.

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