Which complications of acute bacterial meningitis must be treated initially?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The following systemic complications of acute bacterial meningitis must be treated:

  • Hypotension or shock

  • Hypoxemia

  • Hyponatremia

  • Cardiac arrhythmias and ischemia

  • Stroke

  • Exacerbation of chronic diseases

Most cases of viral meningitis are benign and self-limited, but in certain instances, specific antiviral therapy may be indicated, if available.


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