Meningitis and encephalitis

Karen L. Roos, John E. Greenlee

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Purpose of Review: Neurologists have a vital role in the recognition of meningitis and encephalitis, the accurate evaluation and interpretation of CSF studies, and the management and prevention of the neurologic complications of CNS infectious diseases. Recent Findings: Although the tetravalent meningococcal glycoconjugate vaccine has decreased the incidence of meningococcal meningitis, the vaccine does not contain serogroup B, which is responsible for one-third of cases of meningococcal disease. Thus, meningitis due to Neisseria meningitidis is still a concern in a vaccinated individual. Empiric therapy for meningitis associated with sinusitis, otitis, or mastoiditis should include antibiotic therapy for anaerobes. An organism that classically causes a subacute or chronic meningitis, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, may on occasion present with an acute onset of symptoms. Summary: Unlike most other diseases, the management of patients with suspected meningitis or encephalitis begins with empiric therapy. The etiologic organism cannot always be identified. The goal is to identify those that are treatable, provide supportive care for those that are not, and, when possible, prevent the neurologic complications of these infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1010-1023
Number of pages14
JournalCONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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