What is the clinical presentation of meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Clinically, meningitis manifests with meningeal symptoms (eg, headache, nuchal rigidity, or photophobia), as well as pleocytosis (an increased number of white blood cells [WBCs]) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Depending on the duration of symptoms, meningitis may be classified as acute or chronic. (See Etiology and Presentation.)


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