How common is bacterial meningitis following antibiotic use?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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A history of recent antibiotic use should be elicited. As many as 40% of patients who present with acute or subacute bacterial meningitis have previously been treated with oral antibiotics (presumably because of misdiagnosis at the time of initial presentation).


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