Chapter

Acute Bacterial Meningitis

Eelco F. M. Wijdicks

in The Practice of Emergency and Critical Care Neurology

Second edition

Published on behalf of © 2016 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print April 2016 | ISBN: 9780190259556
Published online July 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190469573 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780190259556.003.0033
Acute Bacterial Meningitis

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Acute bacterial meningitis may lead to major systemic complications. Early diagnosis and management of both community-acquired or nosocomial meningitis provide the best opportunity for recovery. Delay to diagnosis, delay to antibiotic treatment, delay to treatment of critical illness, and delay of treatment of increased intracranial pressure remain major concerns in the management of acute bacterial meningitis. Rapid deterioration in patients with acute bacterial meningitis has several causes, and all are discussed in this chapter.

Chapter.  7633 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology ; Emergency Medicine

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