How is viral meningitis treated?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Most cases of viral meningitis are benign and self-limited. Often, patients need only supportive care and require no specific therapy. In certain instances, specific antiviral therapy may be indicated, if available. Instituting antiretroviral therapy may be necessary for patients with HIV meningitis that occurs during an acute seroconversion syndrome. In patients with immune deficiency (eg, agammaglobulinemia), immunoglobulin replacement has been used to treat chronic enteroviral infections.


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