What is the role of empiric therapy in the treatment of meningococcal meningitis?

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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To prevent neurologic damage or death, it is essential to promptly institute empirical therapy with an antibiotic that has effective CNS penetration, is essential when the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is suspected. Such treatment with should be based on age and underlying disease status, since delay in treatment is associated with adverse clinical outcome.


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