How is meningococcal meningitis treated?

Updated: Jul 16, 2018
  • Author: Francisco de Assis Aquino Gondim, MD, PhD, MSc, FAAN; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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Meningococcal disease is potentially fatal and always should be viewed as a medical emergency. Admission to a hospital is necessary. To prevent serious neurologic morbidity and death, prompt institution of antibiotic therapy is essential when the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is suspected.

Surgical interventions may be necessary for the management of complications, such as subdural effusions, empyema, and hydrocephalus.


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