What is the prognosis for viral meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The mortality for viral meningitis without encephalitis is less than 1%. In patients with deficient humoral immunity (eg, agammaglobulinemia), enteroviral meningitis may have a fatal outcome. Patients with viral meningitis usually have a good prognosis for recovery. The prognosis is worse for patients at the extremes of age (ie, < 2 or >60 years) and those with significant comorbidities and underlying immunodeficiency.


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