What is treatment for Klebsiella meningitis?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Klebsiella meningitis in adults is rare. Nosocomial disease complicates shunts in children. Third-generation cephalosporins are the drugs of choice because of superior central nervous system penetration. Reports indicate success with cefotaxime, and meropenem is a useful alternative. Adjunctive measures include removal of infected shunts. The suggested duration of treatment is 3 weeks because higher relapse rates have been noted in patients treated with shorter courses of therapy.


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