Does treatment reduce the risk of mortality in meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Appropriate antibiotic treatment for the most common types of bacterial meningitis reduces the risk of death. Mortality is higher with pneumococcal meningitis. In a nationwide observational cohort study from The Netherlands, adjunctive use of dexamethasone decreased pneumococcal meningitis mortality from 30% to 20%. [36]


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