What are the treatment options for bacterial meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Treatment of bacterial meningitis includes the following:

  • Prompt initiation of empiric antibacterial therapy as appropriate for patient age and condition

  • After identification of the pathogen and determination of susceptibilities, targeted antibiotic therapy as appropriate for patient age and condition

  • Steroid (typically, dexamethasone) therapy

  • In certain patients, consideration of intrathecal antibiotics


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