What is the prognosis of viral meningitis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Cordia Wan, MD; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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The prognosis for viral meningitis is usually excellent, with most cases resolving in 7-10 days. Implicit in the diagnosis is the self-limited nature of this disease. The exception falls with the neonatal patients, in whom viral meningitis can be fatal or associated with significant morbidity.

Concomitant encephalitis adds significant potential for adverse outcomes. Concurrent systemic manifestations, such as pericarditis and hepatitis, are other indicators of poor prognosis.


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