When should a patient be transferred for treatment 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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Patients with focal signs, severe lethargy, or headache should be transferred to the closest institution with CT-scanning capability. Children younger than age 1 year and neonates should be transferred to a hospital equipped with pediatric intensive care capability.

Medications should be instituted prior to transfer in select cases, particularly agents being used in empiric therapy for bacterial meningitis, if indicated.


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