How common are seizures in bacterial meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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As bacterial meningitis progresses, patients of any age may have seizures (30% of adults and children; 40% of newborns and infants). In patients who have previously been treated with oral antibiotics, seizures may be the sole presenting symptom; fever and changes in level of alertness or mental status are less common in partially treated meningitis than in untreated meningitis.


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