Which histologic findings suggest 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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Because of the low mortality rate associated with acute viral meningitis, pathologic features other than lymphocytic response within the CSF are generally not in evidence. The leptomeninges undergo inflammation with PMNs and later mononuclear cells in the acute phase of the disease. Perivascular cuffing, neuronophagia, and an increased number of microglial cells have been noted in specimens from patients who died of viral encephalitis.


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