How should meningitis be monitored?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Vigilant surveillance for the development of complications is required in patients with meningitis. Seizure precautions are indicated, especially for patients with impaired mental function. Proper isolation precautions are indicated in cases of invasive meningococcal disease.

Patients must be monitored for potential adverse effects of medications, such as hypersensitivity reactions, cytopenia, or liver dysfunction. Drug-level monitoring may be needed for some antibiotics (eg, vancomycin and the aminoglycosides).


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