Acute meningitis

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Abstract

Acute meningitis is most often caused by bacteria or viruses. As soon as the diagnosis is suspected, and prior to head computed tomography and spinal fluid analysis, empiric therapy is initiated. An increasing number of polymerase chain reaction assays on cerebrospinal fluid are available, and this, in combination with serological assays, has greatly improved the ability to identify the meningeal pathogen. In this chapter, the epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of acute meningitis are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-26
Number of pages14
JournalContinuum (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Volume12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Meningitis
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Epidemiology
Head
Tomography
Viruses
Bacteria
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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Acute meningitis. / Roos, Karen.

In: Continuum (Minneapolis, Minn.), Vol. 12, No. 2, 04.2006, p. 13-26.

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Roos, K 2006, 'Acute meningitis', Continuum (Minneapolis, Minn.), vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 13-26.
Roos, Karen. / Acute meningitis. In: Continuum (Minneapolis, Minn.). 2006 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 13-26.
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