How is subacute meningitis treated?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Patients with subacute meningitis (duration of symptoms >5 days prior to presentation) are more commonly immunosuppressed, have comorbidities, have fungal etiologies, have higher rates of hypoglycorrhachia, and have abnormal neurological findings than patients with acute meningitis. [31] Furthermore, patients with subacute meningitis are less likely to be treated empirically with intravenous antibiotics and have lower levels of CSF pleocytosis and serum WBC counts than patients with acute meningitis.


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